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Problem! My Lilies buds are big but they dont want to open!!

Posted by mac_girl_81 10 - ENCINO, CA (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 21, 06 at 16:06

I have stargazers, casablanca and candy cane..They have very big buds for more than 1 month, but haven't opened.:((

is there anything i could do to help them out??

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RE: Problem! My Lilies buds are big but they dont want to open!!

  • Posted by hld6 z7 MD (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 21, 06 at 20:18

Aren't these the lilies you got the end of May? (You posted a question on whether it was too late to plant them.) I'm glad to hear that they have buds on them. Orientals bloom July to August. Since yours were planted pretty late you should expect them to bloom later than is normal for your zone.

Orientals have pretty large blooms. If the buds are green (regardless of size) they are not ready to bloom yet. You'll know when they are close to blooming when you can see some color through the still closed petals.

For example, my established Stargazers are in bloom now, but my late planted Triumphator (a Longiflorum - Oriental hybrid which would normally bloom shortly before Stargazer) have a way to go before they will bloom. After overwintering the late planted lilies will be on the expected timetable next season.


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