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Hi all, What do I do with my lily bulbs noe the are finished. Do I take them out of pots and dry them out or leave them please. They are so lovely ,can I split them. Thank you


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 9,408

    Leave them in their pots, feed them as they are dieing back and keep the pots somewhere dryish over winter. I repot every few years into new compost.

    It is possible to grow new bulbs from scales off the existing bulbs, but they take a few years to flower.

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  • Thanks the compost is very dry and lots of roots. Some what look like little bulbs at the base of stems.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,239

    doc's advice is correct kath, but if you feel they're a bit congested for the pots they're in and are outgrowing the space, you can separate the bigger bulbs and put some into another pot of their own. Wait till they've died back to make it easier then follow what doc says. 

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  • Thanks for your advice.

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