Lilies forum: Why did my pink stargazer lilies turn all white this year?

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Jul 5, 2016 8:58 AM CST
My stargazer lily plant has bloomed 6 years in a row and are the typical beautiful pink color. This year when they bloomed they are all white, not even a tint of pink or any other color. I am confused and devastated. They are potted and outdoors but have always been and always bloomed pink. Can you help me understand what happened and will they ever be pink again?
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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Jul 5, 2016 2:39 PM CST


Liliums do not change into a different type of lilium. Sometimes pink lilies can fade to a white or lighter shade of color if an oriental lily is exposed to extreme heat. Do you have any pictures of what you are seeing as compared to previous years?

Oct 3, 2016 8:41 AM CST
Years ago my aunt had a mixed color bed of irises. One year she asked me why they all turned white.
I didn't have an answer then but another summer I planted some lilacs for her and found out how poor
the soil was. I was never at her house to see the lilacs bloom, but they made very little growth. Planting them showed me that the "soil" was the sandiest I'd ever seen, and I guessed that the irises had used up
whatever nutrition had been there.

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