Lilies forum: How long do Lilies live?

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lilymanrob
May 7, 2017 5:26 AM CST
hi all

im back after the winter here in the uk, its been rather mild and dry, my lilies are quite well advanced this year and theres no fungal infections...

however.... some of my largest lilies have failed to appear this season. is this normal? (all in pots)
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Leftwood
May 7, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Are your largest lilies also the oldest (in the same pots)? If so, perhaps the soil has decomposed (in that extra time) enough to cause water retention issues, and the bulbs rotted. But, I have seen fully established martagons decide to skip a season of growth for no apparent reason. All your martagons should be up by now. It wouldn't hurt to do some gentle excavation and removal of the soil above the bulb to ascertain its health.
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lilymanrob
May 8, 2017 4:47 AM CST
Leftwood said:Are your largest lilies also the oldest (in the same pots)? If so, perhaps the soil has decomposed (in that extra time) enough to cause water retention issues, and the bulbs rotted. But, I have seen fully established martagons decide to skip a season of growth for no apparent reason. All your martagons should be up by now. It wouldn't hurt to do some gentle excavation and removal of the soil above the bulb to ascertain its health.


they arent martagons... orientals and trumpets...

i dont know how old they are in comparison to others, i lost some last season after they had excelled in their second season with me. see, i dont know how old the bulbs were when i bought them .

others though in the same pots are up and thriving, i have several large pots with 5 lilies in each. theyve had 2 great seasons and last year were about 10% larger then the first season.
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Leftwood
May 8, 2017 8:14 AM CST
I mixed you up with another concurrent thread on martagons. Sorry.

As lilies get old (whatever the type), they can also become more susceptible to bulb rot and can lose vigor, too. This is quite variable among lily types and cultivars. Your missing lilies may have been some of the worst in these respects. Keeping the pots drier in your rainy winters would probably help.
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lilymanrob
May 11, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Leftwood said:I mixed you up with another concurrent thread on martagons. Sorry.

As lilies get old (whatever the type), they can also become more susceptible to bulb rot and can lose vigor, too. This is quite variable among lily types and cultivars. Your missing lilies may have been some of the worst in these respects. Keeping the pots drier in your rainy winters would probably help.


cheers
i actually did (keep pot dry) i covered them with a taup after cutting back at the end of the season, until mid feb this year.

some though that have emerged have rotted off. its flippin annoying.

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