unknown lily (bulbs are scaly) growth unusual

mushibu10(zone 8 (UK))February 4, 2014


I'm sorry I can't be more precise with the Lily, it is a scaly bulb like the oriental lilies I bought.

so they have been growing for about 3 months now and they seem so be going south quite literally. (see image)

plant care given;

they sit on sunny window cil with a 125w blue spectrum growlight with 6400k

they are watered every other day, to keep soil moist and given 1 drip of baby bio every two weeks

any advice on what is going on would be nice

thank you

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Insufficient light

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 11:57PM
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Bulbs are self sufficient units. Cut back on the water (bulbs will rot if constantly wet) and any fertilizer too.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 1:12AM
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mushibu10(zone 8 (UK))

so too much water and not enough light?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 7:14PM
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auron22(6b OH)

I'm new to this forum, but hoping to get more aquainted :)

I know I'm late, but has the problem been solved? if not...

I would have to say once every other day is too much water given the type of soil. From what I can tell a standard potting mix (lots of compost/peat moss and negligible amounts of perlite). For the future, i would mix equal parts potting mix and perlite. Perlite floats to the top over time, but for temporarily indoor plants i let it slide. I had a florists "stargazer" lily from valentines day last year, I let the pot approach dryness when flowering and let dry out afterwards. This year I am starting lilies and dahlia's indoors...since the lilies and a few dahlias broke dormancy (I guess that's what I get for a bargain price?).

I don't know anything about baby bio, nor how lilies in particular respond to fertilizers....but if it is really high in nitrogen that could be the reason for weak growth. Some plants respond with lanky, weak growth and even abort blooms with enough nitrogen.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 6:30PM
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