Container Oriental Lilies
I have a container that is a 16" cube of 10 oriental lilies last year. All of a sudden there are about 60 small ones coming up! I know they are too close to thrive and should be divided (and I have places for them in the garden).
But they are so close together, I'm not sure how to separate them.
I'm thinking I could submerge the container in a trash barrel of water to the soil level and hope I can separate them all in the mud.
Or should I just use a spade or trowel and cut them into chunks and replant, but worry that won't eliminate the crowding?
Or should I dump the whole container dry onto a tarp and try to separate the individual plants by hand?
Or something else?
It really is quite a surprise. They stayed individual plants for 4 years in the container, then BOOM! Plantlets everywhere!