Lilies forum: Question About Martagon

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Name: Lily Martagon
Du Page County Illinois (Zone 5a)
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sgardener
Jun 16, 2011 12:08 AM CST
I got two martagon bulbs from Bill Cramer last year and this spring they had a few buds each. When the buds were like a little smaller than peas, they aborted. What could be the problem?
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 16, 2011 9:24 AM CST
For whatever reason, most likely the plants decided they couldn't produce fully formed flowers, the lilies decided for you that it wasn't worth the expenditure of energy to produce flowers this year. Frankly, I look at that as a good sign. I know the lilies won't be struggling to meet the demands of flowering, and that next year's flowers will then be that much better and bloom with no excess stress on the plants. Smiling It would be like running a marathon without training: you can do it, but you'll pay for it later, and you won't place as well as if you had trained.

Remember martagons don't have the propensity to produce the fast growing stem roots that asiatics do that feed themselves in the same year. Martagons take it slow, and are in for the long haul. They take no extra care, just more time, and it's well worth it. Big Grin

Other reasons might be that the buds were infected, perhaps with botrytis or an insect, or maybe they were exposed to abrupt adverse environmental conditions, like a particularly hot and/or droughty day or strtetch of days.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 16, 2011 9:26 AM CST

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I'll add that our weather has not been all that cooperative for optimal growth of anything Smiling
Tracey
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 16, 2011 7:49 PM CST
Oops! I meant "like running a marathon without training..."

(It's edited to read correctly now.)
Name: Lily Martagon
Du Page County Illinois (Zone 5a)
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sgardener
Jun 17, 2011 1:28 AM CST
I thought that the problem was the soil. But reading thru your reply, I think the last part is the answer. We had a sudden heatwave two weeks ago and then the temps dropped low plus tons of rain, that's what did it. I will be looking forward to the next year's bloom then. Smiling Smiling Smiling

Thanks Rick! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Tracey I agree
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 17, 2011 6:00 AM CST

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Those martagons are treasures. They really are in it for the long haul, so letting them settle in is just one of those things we have to let them do. We certainly reap the rewards for years coming.
Tracey
Name: Lily Martagon
Du Page County Illinois (Zone 5a)
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sgardener
Jun 18, 2011 12:28 AM CST
Tracey, I remember when I first planted my Hansonii in spring of last year. It did sent up leaves but no flowers. This spring it rewarded me with 3 buds. Now I know what you and Rick are talking about. Smiling Smiling Smiling

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