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Jul 6, 2015 2:33 AM CST
derby uk.
hi

can anyone tell me whats wrong with my 'auratum gold band' please. all ten were growing healthily and in different pots, (i like mixing them so i either have a burst of colour or a longer display - win, win) . but my auratum gold band appear to be yellowing off too soon, all of them are showing signs but this plants the most progressive.
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Jul 6, 2015 2:13 PM CST

My Guess - Hot soil, dry soil, or pH too high. Try some acidifying fertilizer if you think it could be pH. Try double potting (putting the pot into a larger pot to shade it) if you think it is too hot. It really doesn't look like wet soil, more like it is suffering nutrients, maybe a bigger pot? they like lots of room for their bulbs. and they like acid soil.
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Jul 7, 2015 7:04 AM CST
derby uk.
BUGGYCRAZY said:My Guess - Hot soil, dry soil, or pH too high. Try some acidifying fertilizer if you think it could be pH. Try double potting (putting the pot into a larger pot to shade it) if you think it is too hot. It really doesn't look like wet soil, more like it is suffering nutrients, maybe a bigger pot? they like lots of room for their bulbs. and they like acid soil.


thanks for the reply..

i dont think its been too hot, ok, we have had a 48 hour heatwave here with temps of 34c, but it was showing these symptoms before that, but here in the uk its been pretty cool since march.

it might be ph, its freshly planted along with other varieties in the pot. i mix compost with sand so its good for drainage. some are planted singly in rose pots and have the same conditions starting.
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Jul 7, 2015 1:25 PM CST

If you do not want to add fertilizer (in case you already have some in there) you can try using just sulfur, it acidify the soil, just a little at a time (2Tablespoons in 1 gal -you can google the conversion) and see if color improves. You can also try Epsom salts, magnesium deficiency can cause yellowing, it won't hurt to try.
My orientals in the sun look like that, then get worse but as much I I try I just can't change the weather here - it is a VERY bad year.
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Jul 7, 2015 4:00 PM CST
Washington st. (Zone 8b)
It is not my lily. I found this picture in a social website. It has very unusual broken colour. May it be case with virus like tulip broken virus?
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Jul 7, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Washington st. (Zone 8b)
Sorry, English second language. I mean the tulip breaking virus
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Jul 7, 2015 4:35 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Welcome! to ATP and the Lilies forum, lutatjoslyn!

I am not one of our great experts, but I would say it is Lilium mosaic virus. It's a shame a disease produced this beautiful flower!
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Jul 8, 2015 12:14 AM CST
Washington st. (Zone 8b)
Thank you, probably you are right.
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Jul 8, 2015 3:36 AM CST
Name: della
hobart, tasmania
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Ursula's right, it could be virus... it's unusually regular patterning though. I've never seen virus do that in lilies before. The result is usually splotchy, uneven and horrible. What an amazing bloom.
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Jul 8, 2015 5:41 AM CST
derby uk.
BUGGYCRAZY said:If you do not want to add fertilizer (in case you already have some in there) you can try using just sulfur, it acidify the soil, just a little at a time (2Tablespoons in 1 gal -you can google the conversion) and see if color improves. You can also try Epsom salts, magnesium deficiency can cause yellowing, it won't hurt to try.
My orientals in the sun look like that, then get worse but as much I I try I just can't change the weather here - it is a VERY bad year.


hi... cheers!

i will add fertilizer if that will cure the problem, i have no problem with using fertilizer but i didnt want to over fertilize and run the risk of disease in the soft growth.
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Jul 9, 2015 7:05 PM CST

Yes too much can be worse than too little! And yes that lily is virused, any bloom that looks like that on a lilium is virused.
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