Lily pruning or training while young?

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  1. BradM

    BradM New Seed

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    Hello I am new here and I have a question, as well as having more questions later on I'm sure.
    I have both a "Forever Susan" lily and a "Double Tiger Orange" lily. They are approx. 10" tall now. I understand that they will grow from 36" to 48" tall. Is it possible to prune or train them to not exceed the plants no taller than 24" tall, without killing them?
    Any advise what greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!
     
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    Interesting. I don't think so. I think lilies usually send up one stalk. By pruning it, i don't think you would get branching out the way you do with zinnias, marigolds, dahlias. I think you just wouldn't get any flowers.

    Let's see what others on this site think.
     
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    I agree with CM ! Tiger lilies just produce the stalk with the flower cluster on top ! No way that I know of to prune without losing the reason you planted them,,,the flower !
     
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    I agree with Cayuga and Mart. Lilies do not like pruning, and if you cut the stalk, you will get no flowers. If you cut the stalk back, you won't kill the plant, but you won't get flowers.
    If you want a smaller lily, try Stella D'Oro, or any of many "dwarf" lilies.
     
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    Just curious: @BradM are these lilies or daylilies?
     
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    I agree, don’t prune them. They grow well with other plants because they don’t shade them out to much. Once the flower is finished, you can deadhead them. If you want to bring them in for a flower arrangement, you can cut the flower stalk off where it joins the main stem. Do not remove any of the leaves on the main stem, because this provides the energy for the plants. Deadheading lilies is recommended to produce better flowers the next year. If you do bring flowers in for an arrangement, you may want to cut the anthers out with a pair of scissors, because they will produce a lot of pollen which may stain your tablecloth.
     
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