Lilies forum: Lily foliage

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Silverlake115
May 28, 2015 8:16 AM CST
I spoke of this lily last year, and frankly, wondered if it would show this year. But it has. There appears to be albino ends on the foliage. It blooms normally....grows normally. Is this a disease or albino ends.
Do you remember this from last year, Lorn?

Silverlake115
May 28, 2015 8:17 AM CST
Ok. I tried to post pictures. I'm doing something wrong. How is that done?
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
May 28, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Yes, I do remember, because I have a Regale Album that did the same thing last year which I sort of blamed a 'too wet and cool' condition for. Today, I noticed the same plant and it's behaving in the same fashion, pale yellow lime green foliage and I certainly can't blame the weather or soil moisture. I'll see if I can get some pictures to post later today.

Silverlake115
May 28, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Mine is a regal album also. All in that clip have the same foliage. All in the other clumps are normal.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
May 28, 2015 11:52 AM CST
Larry: The first picture below is May 29th, 2014. The second is from this year, today, May 28th, 2015, one day short of exactly one year later. It isn't as bad this year, but compare it to the one above it--that's normal. Sometimes I think the age of the bulb might have something to do with it.
Thumb of 2015-05-28/Roosterlorn/a0fd70


Thumb of 2015-05-28/Roosterlorn/3dff7c

I came across this picture in my folder that somebody had posted last year. Is this the one we talked about last year by chance?


Thumb of 2015-05-28/Roosterlorn/f4a243


Silverlake115
May 28, 2015 2:58 PM CST
That is the one. Interestingly, now that I see the picture I took last year, mine is not nearly as bad this year either.

Silverlake115
May 29, 2015 6:38 AM CST
I see on Johann Maks post on Facebook about the potato lily virus. I'm wondering maybe if that is what this is.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
May 29, 2015 7:02 AM CST
NO.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
May 29, 2015 8:02 AM CST
This lily appears to be growing solely on the bulb reserves rather than utilizing stem roots---probably because it hasn't yet developed stem roots because it didn't need them for moisture--it has too much already. Later on, once the foliage of that bleeding heart dies back and things dry out, it'll develop stem roots and should grow normally the rest of the season. Try moving this plant to a location that is drier during the first half of the season. It's been my experience that Regales and Regale Album like it drier than most lilies.

There may be other causes, too, like a partially rotted basil plate or just plain 'old age'---something internal that's unique to this plant that's preventing it from completing the benson/nelson cycle efficiently.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
May 29, 2015 9:08 AM CST
Silverlake115 said:I see on Johann Maks post on Facebook about the potato lily virus. I'm wondering maybe if that is what this is.


No. He was talking about Plantago Asiatica Mosiac Virus, a particularly dangerous virus because it can infect such a wide rang of host plants including potatoes.


Thumb of 2015-05-29/Roosterlorn/b6518b

Chile is thought to be the epicenter of that virus. Large lily growers from the Netherlands were using local bulb grower companies there to develop nuclear bulb stock of new hybrids when the problem was first suspected to exist. The growers in Chile were growing and shipping edible bulbs commercially to Japan at the time and were not concerned about virus in the bulbs. Now that it is known the virus can strike potatoes as well, it has got some pretty high attention, especially in small countries like the Netherlands. A couple years ago the Minister of Agriculture in Canada banned the farming of potatoes in certain areas where it now exists. This could be the reason the bulb growing companies in Chile are so tightly controlled about reselling there--if potatoes are an important food source.

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