Same Bulbs, so why are they Different Colours?

Wusswolf(5b)August 12, 2014

A friend and I bought some new oriental lilies this year - we made one mass order and received everything together. Mine came up looking like Muscadet, none of the advertized yellow or pink streaks, and I just figured I had been fooled again by false advertizing and doctored magazine photos - then my friend's lilies of the same type bloomed in her yard exactly like the magazine photo!

I emailed the company asking if I had done something wrong in where I planted them, if soil acidity could affect their colour, if maybe the colour would improve over time, and if there is anything I can do, and they replied with this:

"Sorry to hear about the Playtime Lilies. While that is very unusual, it has happened before. As you mentioned, the acidity of the soil can play a small part in the colors. That can change as well, I hope that next year you see more Yellow in it. If you would like, I can send more but I am thinking you will probably end up with the same ones. Keep us posted."

So my question to you gardeners is, is this true? I can't find anything online about soil acidity affecting lilies whatsoever. Is there any explanation for the two of us growing the same lilies from the same order and mine ending up so muted?

Thanks for any info you can provide! I've included a photo of my lilies, and my friend's (the only yellow on mine is from the pollen falling off in the rain).

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maylingsmom

No, this isn't true. You were sent the wrong bulbs. I would send them a photo and would ask for a refund. You probably won't get it after all this time, but you should try.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 3:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shaddy101

Looking at the pics, this is not the same lily, you can tell by looking at the petals.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help my Peace Lily? I think it might be dead....
It looks like this. Pretty unpromising. I think I watered...
cactussalad
Extra large lily bulb
My daughter in Oregon recently dug a large Silk Road....
flowergirl70ks
new growth on oriental lily
I received an oriental lily for my anniversary in december....
angelaivy
Foxtail lily; companions?
Hello! I want to plant foxtail lilies. I know they...
mushibu10
Oriental Lilies in Pots...Where to Overwinter in zone 4?
Hi all, I don't have room to plant lilies in my garden...
haydenrose
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™