Plant ID forum: Some kind of lily? Any ideas?

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Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 25, 2018 4:34 PM CST
I was walking my dog the other day and some people were moving and putting a bunch of stuff out for free. I ended up with a bunch of mystery plants. A lot of them were too neglected to bother with so I just tossed the plants and kept the pots. But, of the ones that look healthy, there were two pots of what look like some kind of lily. I've never purchased lily plants before. Wondering if any of you lily experts have any ideas on what they might be - or if they even are lilies.

These have been kept outside in zone 9b, by the way. The soil looks good. Don't see any bugs. I wiped away the leaves and whatnot that was in the pot, so you can see the bulbs.

I'm limited on space on my balcony, so am also wondering if they're worth keeping. I can use the pots for things I was actually planning on putting out there, and I'm not one of those super sentimental types who must save all plants, even if they look like garbage lol. So, opinions on if they're worth keeping, as far as having great flowers, or whatever, would also be appreciated.

Also, should they be divided? And is now a good time? I've had irises and have divided irises a million years ago, so I do have a clue about dividing bulbs - just never seen or grown these types before. Appreciate anything you can teach me.

Thanks!


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plantladylin
Jan 25, 2018 4:41 PM CST
They kinda look like two different bulb plants to me. The ones on the left look to be Amaryllis The ones on the right look so familiar but the name isn't coming to mind at the moment.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jan 25, 2018 5:40 PM CST
Or... maybe Hymenocallis. But... Probably amaryllis.

Good score!

Those bulbs are expensive... Don't throw them out...

They look fine to me... Not necessary to divide... unless you want to share...
Winter would probably be a good time to divide... before they get serious top growth...

You can plant them in the yard if you want... My amaryllis, crinums, hymenocallis all live in the garden.
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DaisyI
Jan 25, 2018 6:38 PM CST
I think both pots are Amaryllis but we can't really see the bulbs in the right hand pot. Definitely keepers in my book. Let them bloom before you decide whether to divide - some Amaryllis need to grow in big bunches to do well and they are really spectacular when they bloom. I think I see the beginnings of buds in the left pot.

Take a photo of the bulbs in the right pot and post so we can be sure.

PS: Don't let your dog eat them. Same toxicity as daffodils so not as bad a lilies but still bad. But don't panic as most plants are toxic to one degree or another - if you start getting rid of the toxic ones, you will be growing lettuce and nothing else. Smiling
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tofitropic
Jan 25, 2018 10:22 PM CST
I agree
most likely the left is Hippeastrum (amaryllis), expect some flower soon. Smiling
The second could possibly an Agaphanthus (they tend to grow/creeps to the edge of pot, leaves can looked like that in low light), they don't have bulb, but rhizome, so if you remove those dead leaves and dirt to expose base of plant, the ID will be easier, (another candidate will be a Hymenocallis, this one has bulbs, but usually stay put/non creeper)
Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 26, 2018 12:35 AM CST
Cool! What fun! I'm so glad I asked. I'll take a better photo of the bulbs in the 2nd pot tomorrow.

Thank you everyone!
Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 26, 2018 12:43 AM CST
DaisyI said:I think both pots are Amaryllis but we can't really see the bulbs in the right hand pot. Definitely keepers in my book. Let them bloom before you decide whether to divide - some Amaryllis need to grow in big bunches to do well and they are really spectacular when they bloom. I think I see the beginnings of buds in the left pot.

Take a photo of the bulbs in the right pot and post so we can be sure.

PS: Don't let your dog eat them. Same toxicity as daffodils so not as bad a lilies but still bad. But don't panic as most plants are toxic to one degree or another - if you start getting rid of the toxic ones, you will be growing lettuce and nothing else. Smiling


Thanks for the tip on my dog - she does chew on plants, so I'll put them up on a table or something, so they won't be tempting.
Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 26, 2018 1:23 AM CST
I got to wondering about a plant that I removed from the monsterosa deliciosa plant I got for free, too.

You can see it in the pot in this photo. I worked on this plant tonight and talk about it in another thread. But, I'm wondering about the ID of a plant I removed from the pot.


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It has really tuberous roots, and I'm wondering if I should try planting the roots, if it's something worth saving? The only way to remove it from the pot was to rip it out and I threw it away. There were a few of them and they were taking over the pot with really tenacious roots and tubers. But, now I'm wondering what I threw away lol. Here is a photo of the tuberous roots that I took back out of the garbage:


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Anybody know what it is and if I should or could save it? Thanks.
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tofitropic
Jan 26, 2018 1:40 AM CST
Perhaps a form of spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum (all green type). I kind of like it there, like a companion plant, keeping the base full and grassy. It is depend on ones preference, also I will cut most of those aerial root tough... Smiling
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plantladylin
Jan 26, 2018 9:30 AM CST
I agree, it looks like Chlorophytum. Here's a photo of the tubers of a variegated type:
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Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 26, 2018 9:19 PM CST
@tofitropic @plantladylin Thanks! That looks exactly like what I had. I'm going to let it go, then. Spider plants aren't anything special enough for me to bother with, since I need to minimize my plant population. I'm actually relieved, ha ha.

Those things need their own pots, I think. Their roots are really intense. They don't appear to be good at sharing space. Smiling
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Zuni
Jan 27, 2018 11:37 PM CST
Okay, here's the bulb on the right of the original photo. They are really fibrous, like the bulbs have a layer of coco fiber on them:



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Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 27, 2018 11:40 PM CST
And here's yet another pot with a mystery bulb/corm that's different from the other two. It's a small corm, but the leaves are pretty big - more upright and sword-like:


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tofitropic
Jan 28, 2018 12:13 AM CST
Zuni said:Okay, here's the bulb on the right of the original photo. They are really fibrous, like the bulbs have a layer of coco fiber on them:


I think they are Agaphanthus, IME they like it bit pot bound to flower better

and for the iris -like plant, perhaps Crocosmia, when flower will confirm.. (although gladiolus also possible..)
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purpleinopp
Jan 28, 2018 8:26 AM CST
I thought Gladiolus when I saw the last pic.

Agree with C. comosum for the middle plant.


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ctcarol
Jan 28, 2018 10:02 AM CST
My thought for the second pot is Freesia, as mine are at that stage now.
Name: Sue
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Zuni
Jan 28, 2018 9:14 PM CST
Wow, thank you everyone. All of the above are worth keeping, then. Well, the Agapanthus not so much. They get too big for my balcony. But, I''ll hold on to all of them and see how they flower.

What a great resource to have you all here! I'll update the thread as things flower, so we can enjoy the answers to the mystery together. Thank You!

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