Oriental Lilies - Knowledgebase Question

Manchester, Ne
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Question by annedesroche
July 12, 2010
My neighbor and I recently purchased lilies (late bloomers) from Home Depot and for some reason (which is different from the other lilies we've purchased) a specific lily has been loosing it's leaves to brownish color. This lily hasn't bloomed yet, and out of lilies we've purchased this is the only one that's doing it. It is one of the pink ones sold here in NH. Anne

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2010
You might want to dig the lily and inspect the bulb and its roots. It may be in a pocket of poorly draining soil, there may be insect damage or it might be that it is diseases. Since the foliage is browning early in the season, there's something seriously wrong and the only way to tell is to dig it up. If the bulb and roots look healthy, amend the soil with some compost and then replant the bulb. With any luck it will re-establish itself and bloom on schedule next year. Hope so!

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