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dead oriental lily buds #798663

Asked June 29, 2022, 5:42 PM EDT

I have been growing various lilis for year with no issues, but this year I have one with two stocks and all the flower buds died early on. Any ideas about what may have caused this. Thanks

Montgomery County Ohio

Expert Response

Dear Marshall,
Until I looked at your photo, I was thinking the buds could have been nipped off by deer, because that's a problem I've been having.
But the blackened bud tells a different story.  There are a number of issues that can affect lilies:  rot, fungus, diseases, etc.  This fact sheet from North Carolina State mentions them:  https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/lilium/

Penn State has a good fact sheet on Orienpet lilies, but the remarks can apply equally to Asiatic lilies:  https://extension.psu.edu/orienpet-lilies-are-show-stoppers-in-the-garden

So, a couple things to check for would be has the drainage situation at their planting site changed, causing rot; check the undersides of leaves for pests; and consider fungicide use in the future.

Best of luck.
Chris Tilton -MGV Replied June 29, 2022, 9:35 PM EDT

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