Hi this is Yolands Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.
Comand in this segment we are going to learn all about how to take care of potted lilyflowers.
Now we always get beautiful Easter Lilies at Easter and they are beautiful andthey smell so wonderful and then we get Stargazer Lilies for Mother's Day and they are brightand pink and they smell so wonderful and then they get done blooming and then they die.
Then you are wondering what do I do with this and you don't want to throw them away becausethey were so beautiful at one time but what do you do? So an easy trick that I have learnedis plant them in your garden because all lilies will come back and bloom every Summer so itdoesn't really matter if you cut them down to the ground or if you cut them half wayor if you leave them in the pot even over the Winter they will come back and bloom foryou every Summer so there are a few rules that you can follow to make your lilies evenmore successful.
Now this is a beautiful Citronella Lily.
It is kind of like, very similar tothe traditional Tiger Lily and an easy trick that I have found so that you don't get pollenall over yourself and your nice table clothes is as soon as the flowers open you just pullthe pollen off and then it does get on your hands a bit but you can throw it right intothe garbage can or these orange lilies right here.
They have just popped and then thereis lots of pollen all over here so I don't want it to get all over my tablecloth so Ijust kind of pull it off and it is an easy way to let your flowers last a little bitlonger.
I don't necessarily say that the blooms will last longer but they don't get stainedand it is a good way for them to look better for a longer period of time.
So now what doyou do when they are done blooming and you just have this ugly looking stem? Now theoreticallywhat you should do is top them.
So what happens is that the bloom is done but there stillis some green on the stem so the stem is still getting photosynthesis.
Well that energy hasgot to go somewhere.
If it is not supporting the top of the stem it will go back down tothe bulb and the bulb will multiply quicker.
So an easy rule of thumb is as soon as theyare done blooming, top them, which means just cut them about half way and that way justthe blooming part is gone and then you just have the rest of your stem in your gardenor in your pot.
Once the whole stem has turned brown then I just cut it to the bottom.
Rightnow it is still green so you might as well leave it for a little bit longer because thatenergy will go back down to the bulb and then it will multiply quicker.
So once it turnsbrown I just cut it down and I just leave my pots outside right here on the deck andthey come up every Summer and they bloom beautifully.
Eventually they get crowded, I'll get likefive stems coming out where I just had one and at that point when they are done bloomingI just dig them up and separate them and put them in more pots.
So as long as they areabout three inches deep from the top of the bulb they will do very well in the containerswith very little care and potted lilies are such a beautiful flower.
So don't ever everthrow them away.
Either leave them in the pots or throw them in the garden so you canenjoy them every Summer.