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Lucifer dying?

Hi everyon, I'm new to the community.  I'm having some issues with my lucifer.  Past 5 yrs our lucifer are getting bigger ang bigger, beautiful as ever been. But the last 2 it's has been coming back smaller and weaker. We have no idea why.  

Each yr during the winter they completely dead, then in the spring time it always comeback bigger and stronger. At times I was afraid it would get so big and be out of control.  2 yrs ago it came back half smaller, this yr it came back half smaller of last yr.  

i know why what happened? Not enough water? bugs? Or we had ground cover plants growing around it block its growth?

thanks in advance for any advise 


  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,902

    I think Lucifer needs split on a regular basis. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,249

    The soil probably need rejuvenating too. When it dies down this year, dig it up. There will be chains of old corms, with the newest one on top. You only want the new corms, (next to the leaves) and discard all the old ones.    Rejuvenate the soil with some compost or well rotted farm yard manure and/or a sprinkling of bonemeal. Replant the best corms a few inches apart.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,896

    Yes, you need to lift the clump next spring and divide it. There's advice on the RHS website on how to do it if you're not sure. It's not too tricky image

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Dividing the clump and discarding the old corms is 2 different things correct? 

    Sorry i I have NO idea about anything gardening. I will try to google a step by step process of each. 

    thank you.

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