Should I cut back lilies after they bloom?


My lilies have bloomed already. Can I cut them back or leave as is.

  5 answers
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Jun 08, 2019

    Bonnie..can cut them back now.

  • William William on Jun 08, 2019

    If they have wilted you can cut back. If not leave them so they will strengthen the bulb.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 08, 2019

    Hi Bonnie, I like to leave mine until they die back on their own, but you can cut them back if you like, they do turn nice colors as they die back.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 08, 2019

    Hi Bonnie,

    You can cut the flower stalk off, but the leaves feed the bulbs, tubers or rhizomes while the leaves die back. Wishing you the best.

  • Little Sprouts Learning Little Sprouts Learning on Jun 13, 2019

    You can cut them back but you need to wait until they brown on their own, then they have absorbed all the nutrients for next year's blooming and you can cut them. I saw Martha Stewart tie hers in little bundles while they died back so her garden would look neater. If it bothers you, you can make decorative bundles. Just fold them over and take a few outside leaves and wrap them around. You could braid them or whatever you think looks cool. If you do cut them back green, they don't bloom the following year.