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Name: Ben
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Benjoe90
May 7, 2020 8:47 PM CST
I have foundation planting of no name lilies that grow about 2-4 feet tall. They always flop over right before they set buds. They get about 6+ hours of full sun. I tried to plant them deeper this year but they are still floppy. Is there anything i can try besides staking them individually?

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Ben
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May 7, 2020 8:50 PM CST

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Hi Ben,

Are you able to share a few photos? I haven't experienced what you have, but I do know that Aurelian hybrids in particular often require staking as they tend to lean a fair bit.
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Name: Ben
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Benjoe90
May 9, 2020 3:27 PM CST
I already staked them back up, but you can kind of see the way they snake around from being down and then straightening back out after i staked them.
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pardalinum
May 9, 2020 4:04 PM CST

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Actually they look quite healthy to me. If they are not getting a full day of sun then they will stretch and flop looking for more light. I have to stake most of my lilies growing on the west side of my house else they flop right into my neighbor's yard. In my backyard there is an area that only gets morning sun (due to neighbor's big trees) so they also need support.

Sometimes I use inverted tomato cages as they give a lot of support all around the stem but I have to put bricks on the bottom ring (actually the top when used for tomatoes) or they will lean and take the cage along with them.

Some yellowing leaves are not a problem but if you have a lot of them starting on the lower stem and working upward then they may be too wet. Lilies don't need a huge amount of water, especially after bloom time. I seldom water in the summer here.
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Leftwood
May 9, 2020 5:00 PM CST
Whether they have enough light or not, if there is more light on one side, that is where they will lean. If you can move them a couple feet away from the house, they will lean less. Your lilies look very healthy.

In my experience, martagons and eastern American lilies (Lilium canadense, L. michiganense) don't lean much at all if the have adequate light. But Asiatics and trumpets are the worst.
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Name: Ben
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Benjoe90
May 9, 2020 5:45 PM CST
Thanks for the replys and suggestions. Unfortunately there is no room to move them any farther away from the house because that is where the gate to the fence leads to. I guess i will have to invest in more stakes and be more vigilant about tying them up while they are getting taller.

They do get alot of water from a downspout and having a high water table. But i think the yellowing is actually from being crowded with daffodil and daylily foliage. I was trying to go for a "layered bulb garden" with blooms at all times, but i think i have failed to get anything flowering between the daffodil season and lily season. Do you have any suggestions.
Right now there is daffodils first, then grape hyacinths, then lilies, then daylilies and finally gladiolus. This will be the first year trial.
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May 9, 2020 7:02 PM CST

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All that I can think of now would be tall bearded irises. They are just now starting to bloom while my lilies are still a few weeks out. They are sorted by early, mid, and late bloom so you could figure out which would work best. Here peak bloom starts around May 20th.

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