Lilies forum: Indoor Asiatic Lilies

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AsiaticLilyProblems
Mar 14, 2018 12:46 PM CST
Hi! I just bought some Asiatic indoor lilies from the indoor section of a nursury. I replanted them and was keeping them by the window in the sun and they were wilting. I put them into partial sun and they were wilting. I put them in indirect sunlight (in a room with sun but not in the sunshine) and they are still wilting! the leaves on the bottom are turning yellow and a couple flowers fall off a day. I don't think that my vibes are that bad! What am I doing wrong? I have been watering it when the top of the soil is dry but the inside is moist. I read that they only bloom once a year. Is this why they are wilting? How can I take care of these properly and once they do bloom for the year how do I take care of them then. And how do I know once they are done for the year?
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DaisyI
Mar 14, 2018 1:41 PM CST
Welcome!

There's really no such thing as an indoor Asiatic Lily. And you don't know what kind of care they got before you bought them. You can keep them indoors until they stop blooming but I suspect transplanting in the middle of bloom disrupted the roots enough to cause problems.

All kinds of lilies are sold this time of year (around Easter) but they aren't houseplants. Once your ground thaws, plan to plant them outside.

BTW: Lilies are deadly - fatally so. If you have pets or small children, keep the plants out of their reach. The sweet smell of the flowers is very attractive to them.
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WillC
Mar 14, 2018 2:38 PM CST
I agree with Daisy that we really don't know what kind of plant you have and it may or may not be suitable for indoor use. In any case, as a flowering plant it will need maximum indoor sunlight so keep it on your sunniest windowsill.

The wilting and leaf yellowing are either caused by or aggravated by your repotting - rarely a good idea with newly acquired plants and certainly not for flowering plants.
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Name: stone
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stone
Mar 14, 2018 2:57 PM CST
AsiaticLilyProblems said:Hi! I just bought some Asiatic indoor lilies from the indoor section of a nursury.

I replanted them and was keeping them by the window in the sun and they were wilting. I put them into partial sun and they were wilting. I put them in indirect sunlight (in a room with sun but not in the sunshine) and they are still wilting!

the leaves on the bottom are turning yellow and a couple flowers fall off a day. I don't think that my vibes are that bad! What am I doing wrong? I have been watering it when the top of the soil is dry but the inside is moist. I read that they only bloom once a year. Is this why they are wilting? How can I take care of these properly and once they do bloom for the year how do I take care of them then. And how do I know once they are done for the year?


When I googled "Asiatic indoor lilies" peace lilies also came up... I wonder if those were what you meant?

at Easter, lilies are common offerings, but you can not get the bloom to stay on the plant.

If the leaves are turning yellow, it might be because you are watering too much (my first guess), it might be that they need more sunlight, or even a normal return to dormancy.

Lilies are real pretty, but spend most of the year below ground.
Once the entire plant turns yellow, there's the option of cutting the stems off, or leaving it alone and allowing nature to do that thing.

I would suggest finding a spot in the garden for them that isn't going to be disturbed.

The main problem with these plants that have long dormancy periods... People see an empty spot, and want to put something else there.

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Leftwood
Mar 14, 2018 5:55 PM CST
DaisyI said:BTW: Lilies are deadly - fatally so. If you have pets or small children, keep the plants out of their reach. The sweet smell of the flowers is very attractive to them.


There is no need for sweeping hyperbole. True lilies (that include asiatic lilies) can be fatal to cats, but not pets in general, nor children (or adults). Lily bulbs and flower buds have been eaten by humans (including children) around the world for millennia. If you have some credible information supporting your claim that I am not aware of, Daisy, I am ready to learn. Otherwise, please retract or revise such a misleading statement.
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AsiaticLilyProblems
Mar 14, 2018 9:10 PM CST
So I already repotted the plant so if I wasn't supposed to that could be the reason why it is wilting. I will move it to a very sunny spot near the window as WillC you recommended. I do NOT want this pant to die, even if it does not feel better until next year. What can I do? How do I know when it is done for the season? and how do I take care of it then?
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Nhra_20
Mar 14, 2018 11:47 PM CST
Once the stem and leaves have all turned brown and died off. That is when it is done for the season.

Do you plan to move the bulb outside at some point and planting in the ground?

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