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Arum lilies - propagation + damage control


 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:26 pm    Post subject: Arum lilies - propagation + damage control Reply with quote

Up to a couple days ago, I had a luxurious stately clump of giant Arum lilies with about 12 white throated blooms standing majestically...

They have been blown over, and now lay flat on the grass. I tried staking them, but as they are so fleshy and flimsy, I was not successful.

Question is, can I lift and make smaller clumps now that they are in full bloom? or do I have to wait till foliage dies down?

My instinct tells me its the latter...

Also there are quite a few small plants round the base, could I perhaps transplant those now?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might be better to leave well alone and lift/split them next spring when they start growing again.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Arum lilies - propagation + damage control Reply with quote

Protein wrote:


Question is, can I lift and make smaller clumps now that they are in full bloom? or do I have to wait till foliage dies down?

My instinct tells me its the latter...


Your instinct is right. Autumn, winter or very early spring would be much better times. I believe arum lilies come from corms so like most bulbs would like to take in energy from the sun now then be moved later.

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Also there are quite a few small plants round the base, could I perhaps transplant those now?


You could, as being young it may not make much odds when you move them. Although Autumn, winter or very early spring would be better. I seem to remember reading somewhere that arum lilies prefer to be a bit crowded, makes them flower better apparently.

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