February 25, 2017
I have several pink Surprise Lilies in my flower bed. Four years ago, there was plenty of foliage in the spring that died bank and many, many blooms in late summer. However, each year since, there has been plenty of foliage, but only one or two blooms. Is there anything I can do to make sure they bloom this year? The foliage is already up.
Everything is ahead of schedule this spring. My foliage is fully up on the naked ladies. You could lightly fertilize your lycoris or surprise lilies in mid-March. This variety with the pink blooms is Lycoris squamigera. They produce foliage in the spring, which grows for about two months and then it dies back and the light pink naked stems come up about two months later. The red spidery type blooms are Lycoris radiata and the foliage on those comes up right after they bloom in the fall and it lasts all winter before dying down in the late spring. While the foliage is up on either of these varieties is when they are manufacturing the food to produce the flowers.
My blackberry lilies were loaded with blooms and now seeds this year but they are so crowded. I would like to thin them out and then transplant some. Can you tell me when the best time to transplant blackberry lilies is?
Blackberry lilies are also called candy lilies, Belamcanda chinensis. They are actually in the iris family, not the lily family. They can be divided and replanted in the fall as they are going dormant or in the spring as they are emerging. They are tough plants and can also be grown from seed—the “blackberries” that form after they flower.
July 24, 2016
I have a couple lilies that have been in pots for a few years now. I'd like to plant them in the ground and wonder when the best time would be. Also, I ordered some hydrangeas this year, they are small plants but healthy after living in a planter outdoors. Can I plant them in the ground before winter gets here, or should I bring them in and store them in the garage for the winter, then transplant in the spring? They have not yet bloomed, but the three plants are nice and healthy.
If you are like me you are probably already tired of having to water containers every day this summer. When it is hot and dry, containers demand attention. You will find your job will be a whole lot easier if these plants get established outside in the yard instead of staying in pots. For the lilies, plant them in a well-drained site in full sun. Don’t be alarmed if the shock of transplant causes them to begin dying back. If it has been at least 6 weeks since they bloomed, they should bounce back next spring. For the hydrangeas, plant them in a protected spot in the garden where they get morning sun or filtered daily sun. Big leaf hydrangeas performed beautifully for us this summer, but it was our first good season in a while. Cold winters do take their toll, but these are really outside plants and you don’t want to have to move them back and forth each season.
July 15, 2015
The red "surprise" lilies that are in bloom now and have been for a week-the leaves come out of the ground at a different time--Question when do you dig and transplant them. I want to rescue some from an old abandon home place. The red flowers are on a single stem and the flowers are quite intricate in shape
The red surprise lilies are Lycoris radiate. Their foliage will appear soon after the blooms are finished and should remain intact throughout the winter. In late spring, the foliage dies down and the bulbs remain dormant until early to mid-fall when the naked stem appears with the blooms, then the cycle repeats itself. You can dig the bulbs when the foliage first appears in the fall or in the late spring as the leaves begin dying back. Sometimes in a hard winter, the foliage does get damaged and we go a year without blooms. They may also pay you back for moving them and not bloom for a year or two, but salvage some and see what happens.
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