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How to deadhead lilies


Lilies are bursting into elegant and colourful blooms at this time of year. It's a dramatic sight, and one you can prolong by simply removing the flowers as they fade.

How to do it


Tidy up the lily flowerheads once the petals have fallen, trimming them back to just above the foliage.

Our tip

When tidying up lilies, leave as much main stem and as many leaves as possible as these will help the bulb build up its food reserves for next year.

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bellamick 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I have just bought some lily bulbs and planted them in pots. They are growing very well and hopefully will enjoy their beautiful flowers soon. I always visit this site and read all informations regarding plants and try to apply it to my garden. As a beginner this feature is very useful and encouraging to me. I have now started to have confidence to grow any plants in my garden with the useful guides and information on this site. Thank you very much and CHEERS to Gardeners World.

mabaker 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Thanks for all the great advice. We still have a great display of lillies in our pots. I am deadheading regularly. What next? When should I cut them down and what do I do with them over the winter?

ryan59 24/11/2011 at 15:28

do lillys only flower once ? I have three tubs of lillys two tubs the heads are going black the other tub is very green and looks as though it may flower again ,should i just dead head all three tubs?

tumbleweed 24/11/2011 at 15:29

i was given 6 sky scraper lilly bulbs by my mother in law. not really knowing wot to do with them, i planted all 6 together in a very large tub and waited. to my suprise they all grew and i have had a wonderful array of colour all summer. now all the petels have dropped off, im not sure wot to do next. do i cut them down or do they die back on there own? wot do i do with them over the winter? any advice would be greatfully recived. :-) x

GWUser96425 02/09/2012 at 17:51

looking at the picture it looks as though you are cutting back down the stem below all the flowers. If I were to do this I would be cutting of atleast 12" of my plant.
Should I just cut off just below each flower

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