Lilies forum: Is this a virus?

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 21, 2012 4:51 AM CST
Goldestone and a few other lilies are blooming in a contorted fashion but Goldenstone and Strawberry Cream have dying yellowing leaves top of stem near buds.
Tell me its the wierd soring we had.
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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Jun 21, 2012 8:40 AM CST
Hi Jo Ann: Well, Strawberry Cream sure isn't a virus. Its probably a minor nutrient imbalance that now been made apparent by (you guessed it) that hot March, followed by a cold frosty April and now a real hot June. Apparently, a lily plant wants to function in a even, steady manner and when there's abrupt changes (like weather, environment, it can't respond fast enough. I've seen that condition from time to time in the past and when I do, I mark the plant. then in the fall when I'm moving stuff around I'll check the bulbs and root systems and they've always looked OK. No sign of any virus and they've been Ok the following Year. Now, others may have more to add--or even disaggree; we'll all learn something.

With Goldenstone; that's iffy. Someone else can make the first call. But, again, I've seen more wierd stuff this year than I've seen in the last ten! More distorted buds and aborted buds, lost of unusual stuff, even a little sport flower on a leaf joint of a Purple Prince. The last five days out of seven have been in the mid 90s with an intense hot sun and a relentless wind; very dry. Really played havoc with color fade and made pollen work almost impossible. So with anything now, I'm abouit to say: "don't make your move too soon"
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 21, 2012 8:53 AM CST

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Lorn, I am in complete agreement. The conditions this year have been strange. Never have I had as many aborted buds than this year. Probably more total this year than in my whole life in total. I take this year in stride, if anything other than the blatantly obvious, I will reserve judgement for another year, making a note of who to get a really close look at next year. What more can you do?
Tracey
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Jun 21, 2012 9:06 AM CST
Both of you have saved my sanity. While I have enough lilies I mourne any that expire.
Wierd weather it is then.Thanks so much.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 21, 2012 9:09 AM CST

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Tracey

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