Re: lilies dropping buds

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Posted by Newt on July 21, 2003 at 19:39:30:

In Reply to: lilies dropping buds posted by Carol on July 16, 2003 at 08:58:11:

: I have two oriental lilies, both 3 years old and neither has ever bloomed. They develop many flower buds, but the buds drop off before blooming. Any suggestions as to what the problem is? The plants look quite healthy otherwise and seem to be growing well. They are in two different spots in the garden, one near a pine tree, the other in the middle of another flower garden spot. Both have plenty of sun.
: I haven't seen any discoloration on leaves, or any signs of insects.

Hi Carol,
There are several things that can cause Oriental lilies to drop their buds. Overcrowding, too much water (rain), not enough light when they first emerge, stress of some sort and their genes.
Take a look at these sites and maybe you can do something to correct the problem.

The last paragraph here:
http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/dp_hfrr/Floriculture/Hort625FloricultureProduction/Lectures/625LecOriental&AsiaticLily.htm

http://www.umass.edu/umext/floriculture/fact_sheets/specific_crops/lily.html

Regards,
Newt

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