Problem With Oriental Lily

HoosierPagan(5)June 17, 2014

Hey everyone! I'm pretty new to growing stuff so I hope I don't get on your nerves in the coming days with questions I may have. The first problem I am having is I noticed this morning that there is yellow stuff growing around the bottom of my lilies. I live in an apartment and I can't plant stuff out in the yard so I have to keep everything in containers. I got this lily a couple of days before Father's Day and it was doing really good. The smell is awesome! I've been watering it about every other day until the water starts to drain out of the bottom. It doesn't take very much water at all. But I can't help thinking that I am still watering it too often. Here in Indiana the heat is beginning to really set in however. I always touch the soil before watering to see if it's dry or not. Could it be getting too much sunlight. It doesn't really start getting hit with the sun until about 1:00 in the afternoon. So that gives it plenty of sun for about 7 hours a day (when it's sunny). I am attaching a picture and I am hoping someone can tell me what might be going on here. Thanks!

This post was edited by HoosierPagan on Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 11:24

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One more pic of the flower itself

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:21AM
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My sense is over watering... what with an every other day watering routine since shortly before Fathers Day (June 15th). Though I've never attempted lilies indoors - the bulb itself is able to take care of much of its own needs.

Was it in full bloom when you got it? Lily blooms each last only so many days from bud opening to bloom - maybe 5 to 7 days, so they could simply be blooming out.

As for the yellow stuff, some type of mold forming on the mulch surface?

Need a lily expert to chime in here. But in the meantime, cut back on the watering routine.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 12:02PM
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Hi! Thanks for replying. I really do appreciate it. When I first got it the flowers were great looking and the smell was great. We got it at Lowes and as soon as we walked into their garden department I was overcome by the smell of it. When we first brought it home for a couple of days after, the smell was still strong. But now with whatever is going on with it the smell isn't really strong at all. I wonder if it could be getting too much sunlight? Thanks again for the reply

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 2:17PM
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You're welcome. Your 7 hrs. of sun is good. If they don't get enough sun, the Oriental lilies will reach for it. As for fragrance, I suspect that might dissipate as the blooms age.

I fully understand that you have to deal with the conditions and space that you have, but lilies really are an outdoor plant or on a balcony in a large well draining container. The information on the internet is largely for lilies planted in the ground.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 3:42PM
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Thanks again for the help. I am also going to transplant it into another bigger pot. I don't think it will hurt to do that. I am assuming there's three different flowers in this pot because there's three stems. Hopefully transplanting will do some good also. The pot it is in right now is the one it came in and it's pretty small. So hopefully a larger one will do some good also. I a attaching one last picture to show the pot it is in as well. Thanks again for your help and suggestions

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 10:31PM
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I woke up this morning to find all but two of the flowers on my lily were gone. I think I am going to take this back to Lowes. I have never had such bad luck lol

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:44AM
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Open lily flowers do not last long and even a shorter period of time if in a hot sunny location. A week is about it and am thinking we are about there, no?

I'm not at all sure there is anything wrong with your lily. It is behaving rather naturally for a potted plant at this time of the season and under these weather conditions. You can of course replant in to a larger container although no pressing need to do so until next spring. Or you can plant directly into the garden. I might space out the bulbs a bit further if that was the plan.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 5:36PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

There is nothing wrong with it. It is just done blooming. Not bad luck. Exactly what happens to potted lilies. They bloom longer outside in the ground but still not longer than a couple weeks.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 2:42PM
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