Lilies forum: Yellow Asia tic Belltower

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Sep 16, 2014 5:59 AM CST
I have/maybe had an Asiatic lily which had about three inch down facing flowers on pediciles in a belltower shape about six foot tall that allowed the wind to move them. It was my favorite...but may have been an insect hybred in my garden. Idk. Now that it is fall...I moved the bulb. Alas!!! I accidentally cut the top third off the bulb, but the basal plate is intact. I planted it, but am afraid of the damage. It was among my favs. Is anyone her aware of such a lily available from some source?
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 16, 2014 7:29 AM CST
Do you have any photos? Also what I would do is take a few of the scales on the basal side of the bulb and scale them. Replant what's left after you take a few scales. Not only are you probably saving it from potentially dying, you are propagating it as well. See the thread adventures in scaling at the top of the forum in the stickies. Good luck!
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
Sep 16, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Check the listings on the sites below to see if they might have what you're looking for. Individual cultivars are grown and rotated on about a three to four year basis so if you don't see what you're looking for this year, then it may show up next year or the year after.

If you only cut the top one third of the bulb off, then it should survive because the central core deep within the bulb will still be untouched. It will shoot up a much smaller and spindlier stem next year, of course. If any buds form, you should disbud them. You could try to make some scale bulblets from some of the larger severed scales but don't hold out too much hope for success because the cut as you describe it is too far away from the basil plate and most would likely be too small. You didn't say how large the bulb was, but given the same circumstance, I'm inclined to agree with Joe and I would have taken at least three scales for cloning, especially if it was one of my favorites. Again, I'm almost certain your bulb will survive. Make sure you mark the spot where you planted it well because it may emerge later next Spring or, in a more rare instance, it may wait until the following year to come up.

Here's the list I mentioned.
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