Lilies forum: What do you do with Lilies that do not come up???

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Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 3, 2016 7:57 AM CST
Since we are now into July and there are quite a few lilies that are coming up this year here......wander what to do......
Some are under pretty heavy mulch but not sure if I take off the mulch they will finish in time for winter to die back.....they are trumpets.....
and then there are some new OT's that are very small bulbs that did not come up either..........
the one bed really bothers me with the trumpets though..........just seems strange

I have a friend that plants lots of lilies and he told me that quite a few of his trumpets did not come up at all this year not sure what to do.......Wait for next year maybe??

The weather here has been so hot lately and quite dry to be honest............
and then of course spring came on with a bang and really high temps and that is not the norm here
the other trumpet beds are doing fine here.....
and other species in a bed beside the trumpets are up and going to bloom......but these are mostly species ONLY.

Kursha Maya did not come up at all...........and it is planted on another side of the house all together........
all the other OT did but not that one.....
wander if I should dig them up and look at them.....

Hopefully Lorn or someone can help me with these......
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Jul 10, 2016 5:21 AM CST
I don't know what you done so far or what has happened since you asked this, but I don't think you should dig them up, rather if you can dig beside them safely with your hands you could perhaps get a look at a few bulbs without disturbing them, as then you will at least have peace of mind. I've planted a lot of OT lilies of various quality both in spring and summer the last few years and only a couple bulbs were no shows the first year and that was from spring planting. This doesn't sound normal.

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 11, 2016 9:00 AM CST
Well William thanks for your input. As of right now I have done nothing.
Talking to other people around me and they have had lilies not come up this year either...
this spring is not the norm for any plant to be honest.....
Hot hot hot right off the start and not much rain...........
Most of my lilies were a mess this year or bloomed really light in color due to the heat and so on

thinking I am going to just ride this out and see what happens next year.......

frustrating but hopefully next year will be better

have seen lilies not come up at all..........and then the next year come up with multiple stocks.........that would be nice but doubtful in this case but anyhow will wait...

maybe in the fall once the weather has cooled down will dig down and see what shape the bulbs are in...........
Name: J.C. S.
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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Jul 11, 2016 1:20 PM CST
I planted a bunch of OTs last year in early spring and we too had an abnormal spring. About 1/4 of them never came up. After many of the others were established, I went digging around the ones that never grew. The bulbs were all in good shape, so I just left them alone. This year they literally all came up (both the ones that grew last year and those that didn't).

Sorry I can't give a definitive reason as to why, just thought I'd share what happened to me. Sticking tongue out

Jul 18, 2016 6:44 PM CST
in a normal climate they may sulk for a year and come up the next. best to just wait and see. In the toxic one I am now in if it is a no show, it is dead. Drastic temp. fluctuations in the "spring" kill many bulbs and seedlings here, it is hot for a week, then nice, then hot again. that goes on for months, it is very stressful for the plants. My most valuable bulbs (aroids) have just about all died, they won't come up into this hell on earth until July, then it gets so hot and stays that way they go dormant. the Cobra lilies and Voo Doo lilies have just about all shrunk away to nothing. It kills the native bulb seedlings too. The terrible fluctuations really make the virus symptoms show up also. The good is easy to kill those here.

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