Staking Lilies

The lilies are beginning to bloom throughout the garden.

Already, a thunderstorm has snapped the stalk of one where it’s tied. My fault: I had tied her in too low below the heavy cluster of blooms. The first photo shows a lily with a short stake and the tie only halfway up the stalk.

In the second photo, you see the tie near the top of the lily, using a longer stake.

I always remove the spent blooms, which discourages seed formation and results in more energy stored in the bulb, rather than in seeds.

properly staking lilies

Lily with a short stake, tied too low on the plant for proper support.

properly staking lilies

Lily properly staked and tied closer to top will support flowers.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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