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    Default What to do with Lillies after they've bloomed?

    My Lillies were over 3 ft tall, have bloomed and are done. I have them staked up. They don't look so nice now. Can I cut them down?

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    Yes, cut them down. Seems like things are done very early this year.......maybe it's just me?????!!!! Our yard looks a mess........need to trim it back!!!!

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    I don't cut mine down until the foliage dies as I thought they needed the foliage to help provide nutrients? I do cut the tops off where the blossoms were.

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    I just cut off the dead flower stems.......not the foliage....sorry, wasnt specific enough.

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    First I deadhead all the spent blooms and when I know 100% sure it will not bloom anymore on that long stem, I cut the stem down to the ground. It will die on it's own but they do look shabby if you leave them to do that.

    Doreen, I agree all of my flowers did not last this year. I do not cut the leaves until late fall.

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    While on the topic of lilies,,,,,,does anyone know if you can eat the flower? I was at a BBQ once and a little girl was wondering around plucking the petals and eating them. Her Mom told me that yes, they were edible, and often used in salads???? Had never heard this before,,,,,you??????

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    My black-eyed susans have been in bloom for almost 2 wks and my purple coneflowers are almost done. I was just outside yanking out my wave petunias' as they are so straggly, and I have pinched them back thinking they may rejuvenate, but no. My marigolds look GREAT, but they are great in the heat!! Oh........and yes, the WEEDS, they are thriving well in this heat, too!!!!! Even the tomatoes were early this year........things are just "off" this year.

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    Default Do Not Eat Lilies!!!!!

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    Eating Day Lilies does have one word of caution attached - Due to the acrid nature of the green foliage, about one in fifty people experience nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating raw Lily parts. This doesn't seem to be a problem with the cooked plant however. Just exercise a bit of caution when you try them for the first time and don't go overboard gorging yourself.

    Once, I remember watching a television newscast in which the "roving" reporter made a trip to visit the "Day Lily King" of Alabama. This man grew many varieties of lilies on several acres and was known far and wide for his green thumb. At one point during the report, he mentioned that Day Lilies were edible, whereupon the reporter promptly began stuffing leaves and flowers in his mouth commenting on how good they tasted. As the report ended and the anchormen came back on the air, they were both laughing hysterically and explained that the reporter was still in the hospital recuperating from his visit. His face and pride had both taken a beating but as soon as his face returned to normal and the swelling went down, he would be back at work. So - take a hint and stay away from the larger uncooked leaves.

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    Lillies are much like daffodils and tulips. Their foliage shouldn't be cut back until it turns brown. That way the bulbs "restore" themselves for the next blooming season. Just "deadhead" the spent blossoms. I live in CT where (like most of the country right now) the temps are around 100 degrees and the flowers seems to be dropping like flies. I have about 50 members of my garden club coming to my house tomorrow for a garden tour and things just don't look that great. The weeds seem to thrive, though. I just have to keep watering, feeding and weeding.

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