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Hi this is Yolands Vanveen from and in this segment we are going to learn all about how to take care of potted lily flowers. Now we always get beautiful Easter Lilies at Easter and they are beautiful and they smell so wonderful and then we get Stargazer Lilies for Mother's Day and they are bright and pink and they smell so wonderful and then they get done blooming and then they die. Then you are wondering what do I do with this and you don't want to throw them away because they were so beautiful at one time but what do you do? So an easy trick that I have learned is plant them in your garden because all lilies will come back and bloom every Summer so it doesn't really matter if you cut them down to the ground or if you cut them half way or if you leave them in the pot even over the Winter they will come back and bloom for you every Summer so there are a few rules that you can follow to make your lilies even more successful. Now this is a beautiful Citronella Lily. It is kind of like, very similar to the traditional Tiger Lily and an easy trick that I have found so that you don't get pollen all over yourself and your nice table clothes is as soon as the flowers open you just pull the pollen off and then it does get on your hands a bit but you can throw it right into the garbage can or these orange lilies right here. They have just popped and then there is lots of pollen all over here so I don't want it to get all over my tablecloth so I just kind of pull it off and it is an easy way to let your flowers last a little bit longer. I don't necessarily say that the blooms will last longer but they don't get stained and it is a good way for them to look better for a longer period of time. So now what do you do when they are done blooming and you just have this ugly looking stem? Now theoretically what you should do is top them. So what happens is that the bloom is done but there still is some green on the stem so the stem is still getting photosynthesis. Well that energy has got to go somewhere. If it is not supporting the top of the stem it will go back down to the bulb and the bulb will multiply quicker. So an easy rule of thumb is as soon as they are done blooming, top them, which means just cut them about half way and that way just the blooming part is gone and then you just have the rest of your stem in your garden or in your pot. Once the whole stem has turned brown then I just cut it to the bottom. Right now it is still green so you might as well leave it for a little bit longer because that energy will go back down to the bulb and then it will multiply quicker. So once it turns brown I just cut it down and I just leave my pots outside right here on the deck and they come up every Summer and they bloom beautifully. Eventually they get crowded, I'll get like five stems coming out where I just had one and at that point when they are done blooming I just dig them up and separate them and put them in more pots. So as long as they are about three inches deep from the top of the bulb they will do very well in the containers with very little care and potted lilies are such a beautiful flower. So don't ever ever throw them away. Either leave them in the pots or throw them in the garden so you can enjoy them every Summer.