Getting Rid Of Day Lilies?

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I have a day lily that is growing like a weed. It is taking over my entire lily patch, including my beautiful lilies that I have had for over 20 years. I am currently trying to dig them out, they are about 5 feet tall. They are multiplying like crazy. Has anyone else ever had this problem? Any ideas on what to do?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

Charlotte from Kingston, TN


By Loretta B. (Guest Post)
July 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, Good luck. I have completely dug them out twice now and they keep coming back. The actual roots are down too far and I don't get them all. Keep watching for them to start growing and dig them out. You can't pull them out because they break off. Loretta

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July 11, 20080 found this helpful

These sound like Tiger Lily's and, yes, tough to get rid of ... I found that you have to dig down about a foot to a foot and a half and then sift through the dirt to make sure you have all of the tubers, many of which are no larger than a dime.


Anyway, once you do that, any tubers that you might have missed will be growing a baby plant which is quite easy to dig up :-) Might take til the next growing season to get them all but then you'll be home free to enjoy the more well mannered Lily's :-)

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By (Guest Post)
July 11, 20080 found this helpful

I would put up a listing on Craig'sList and add a photo, so people could come get divisions. You can chop them out with an ax or hatchet. If you decide to keep some, keep them in a container. If you must use a chemical, I would go with Crossbow, not Roundup. Find it in a feedstore.

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By connie w (Guest Post)
July 12, 20080 found this helpful

I would put a sign at the road. "FREE DAY LILY, YOU DIG." Someone would be thrilled to get a free mature Day Lily, I know I would!

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