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Thank you so much, Tom, for your help and time.  I have been looking up this question on the internet and cannot find anything about it.  I am wanting to dig some yellow Easter Lilies that are already bloomed from my yard and put them into pots for a project.  I can only find information about transplanting lilies from pots to the ground.  Will this work?  Will the lily die?  Thank you!  (I live in Northwest Arkansas if that helps)

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Hi Tanya,
Thanx for your question and I apologize for taknig so long to answer.  Here's the deal.  Once the lily has bloomed, the green growth will continue to gather energy from the sun which helps the bulb create sugars for next years growth (that are stored in the bulb).   If you dig the plant up now, do not cut off the green growth.  Allow it to yellow and wither and then you can safely remove it.  The lily shouldn't die just from being transplanted.  Keep the pot watered but not soggy.  Nothing will happen this year but the lilies should sprout and bloom next year in the pot.  I hope this helps.
Tom

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I have been a gardener for 20 years with perennials both growing from seed and from nurseries. I went through the Master Gardener Program from Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service and I answered questions on the Hotline a few years ago for the Wyandotte County Kansas Extension Service. I have also lived in the Florida, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Missouri and am experienced with a variety of climates, soils and weather conditions.

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I have been growing perennials for over 20 years now. I am self-taught mostly except for a master gardener class. I have experimented with all kinds of perennials including many that are not common to my area. I have read hundreds of books and grown hundreds of varieties of plants and hope to make it a business some day. I have become versed in botanical names and growing conditions and what I don't know off of the top of my head I can usually easily find in my vast array of research material and botanical and horticultural contacts. I especially enjoy experimenting with growing plants out of zone.

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