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May 25, 2015 8:44 AM CST
Do I need to provide holding support for my maru oriental Lily? I have one stem that is starting to lean
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
May 25, 2015 8:49 AM CST
might be a good idea. how tall is the stem? we usually don't use stakes unless the threat of rain is in the forecast. then we hustle to get all our plants tied up! one morning we woke up after a night of heavy mist and ALL of our super tall lilies (as well as lots of other plants), were bent over! it was heartbreaking. paint the stake dark green, it'll be virtually invisible once its tied to the lily!

May 25, 2015 9:57 AM CST
They were bent completely over and stems do not feel very sturdy... They are about 14 inches tall
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
May 25, 2015 11:07 AM CST
hmm... sounds like some staking is needed. they shouldn't be bent over at such a short height. they should be plenty stiff to remain upright at only 14 inches. ive never really had that problem other than with tiny bulblettes, so I don't exactly know what advice to give. other than staking them up. and of course a god rain will weigh them down pretty good as well. what kind of conditions are they in?

May 25, 2015 12:24 PM CST
I live in Virginia.... They are in full sun... I have them in a flower bed with 2 other lilies and daisies... I water them every evening if it doesn't rain
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
May 25, 2015 7:47 PM CST
perhaps they are not planted deep enough. Confused other than that, im at a loss. you didn't mention how long they have been in the ground. perhaps they are not mature enough to stand on their own yet...? maybe someone else has some better insight for you. sorry Sad
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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May 26, 2015 9:57 AM CST
A picture would help us to see the problem. For sure you should stake them up if they keep falling over, but as Jason says, at that size they should stand up better.

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May 26, 2015 11:31 AM CST

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May 26, 2015 8:29 PM CST
Did you buy/bulbs or buy the lily already grown?

If you bought it fully grown then I'd wager the problem is that they were greenhouse grown, as such the stems will be wimpy, no wind in a greenhouse.

I see this a lot.
If that's the case then next year they should be plenty sturdy
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