Carol Ann G
Carol Ann G
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  • Grove City, PA
Asked on Jul 27, 2013

I have difficulty with Asian lilies.

Debby BoyleCarol Ann GKathy
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Please give me some advise. I have trouble growing Asian or oriental lilies. most of them are short and only a few develop buds and bloom with only one or two blooms. I have always thought that they have been killed by spring frost. But, this one group gets large full sized buds and when they fnally open there are no petals or stamins. See picture. What is wrong with them and what can I do to correct the problem?
These buds open slightly and they are empty and then they dry up.
These buds open slightly and they are empty and then they dry up.
There are no petals or bloom inside these buds.
There are no petals or bloom inside these buds.
10 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 28, 2013

    I'll admit this one rather has me stumped, Carol Ann. Is it possible you are cutting the lilies down immediately after they flower (or don't flower, as the case may be), so that bulbs are not getting enough nutrition to produce the next year's flower?

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jul 28, 2013

    Good suggestion Doug! Lilies, and other bulbs take up nutrients for energy for next years growth and blooms. Let them die down all the way then cut them off.

  • Carol Ann G
    on Jul 28, 2013

    I don't think I was doing that but I will definitely let them completely die down before cutting them back. Do they need to be fed anything special?

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jul 28, 2013

    I don't give mine anything special. With you living in PA I know your getting enough chill time. Not sure what else it could be. I use 10-10-10 on everything. :)

  • Carol Ann G
    on Jul 28, 2013

    Thanks.

  • Kathy
    on Jul 29, 2013

    I have had trouble with some of my lilies while other are beautiful. It has been a very wet year in Maine this year, and all my lilies are beautiful, even the ones that have not boomed before. They may need more water.

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Jul 29, 2013

    an old timer told me,,,big blooms require more fertilizer and More often..... more vegs you want the more you fertilize too.. another hint for plants in general,,,, left over coffee don't dump it down the drain.....water outdoor plants with it.. especially acid loving plants..... not to mention the used coffee grounds are GREAT for stronger rose canes, and all other acid loving (rody, hydrangea, lilacs, azaleas, liliacs esp.) plants..don't know if this would help..don't cut the blooms down,, they are like ANY BULBS,, let wither and die then pull off the dried parts......BTW.....many HYBRID LILIES aren't designed to last for years,, over a few years they slowly shrink,,I gave up on asiatic lilies,,because they are not cheap for good quality bulbs and at 2-3 yrs beautiful, at 4-5 yrs still nice, aabout 6+ yrs,, smaller and smaller,,,after that they are at the end of their life cycle,, and look much like yours. If you dig them up I bet you will find the bulbs are MUCH smaller..

  • Kathy
    on Jul 30, 2013

    The coffee grounds also prevent snail and slug problems. They cannot go over the grounds.

  • Carol Ann G
    on Aug 3, 2013

    I would like to thank everyone who shared information with me. I will be feeding and watering more and will definitely let the lilies die down before cutting them off. Wishing for the best next summer. Carol Ann

  • Debby Boyle
    on Aug 4, 2013

    Looks like they have a lily fungus!! Use a antifungal on the plants and the ground surrounding them!!

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