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2nd year of Oriental Lily

allyBBallyBB Posts: 28
Hi, 

I planted an oriental lily from bulb last year, it grew only one stem, it bloomed and dyed. 
Recently it grows again, there are about 6 thin stems growing, only leaves at the moment, each about 14" height.  It was only one main stem last year with one flower at the top.  Will those thin stems establish flower each?  Or, they are only leaves?  Should I cut them away to leave only one stem to grow to save the energy?

Thanks!
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,724
    This post seems to have slipped through without a response of any kind. I wouldn't like anyone to be disappointed with the forum. Is there someone who can help @allyBB?
    Not something I know the answer to.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    Any chance of a pic of it? 
  • allyBBallyBB Posts: 28
    Thank you for your reply.
    Please see one photo of last year lily, the other one is the same plant but it grows several thin stems this year.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    It looks fine. As long as it has good light - are you growing it inside? and have you repotted it since last year? If it hasn't been repotted I would give it a feed now and once the flowers have formed feed it again. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    I grow a lot of lilies but not this variety yet. It looks ok to me. Lilies are heavy feeders so like Hogweed said it would probably appreciate a good feed. Hopefully you will get several flowers this year. 
  • allyBBallyBB Posts: 28
    hogweed said:
    It looks fine. As long as it has good light - are you growing it inside? and have you repotted it since last year? If it hasn't been repotted I would give it a feed now and once the flowers have formed feed it again. 
    Yes, it is indoor near the window.
    I did repot it.
    I just wonder the stems seem quite thin to support a flower at the top, I hope it will grow some flowers eventually though they are only leaves at the moment...
  • allyBBallyBB Posts: 28
    Bijdezee said:
    I grow a lot of lilies but not this variety yet. It looks ok to me. Lilies are heavy feeders so like Hogweed said it would probably appreciate a good feed. Hopefully you will get several flowers this year. 
    I tried to give some feed to another pot of lily similar case with this one, it made the thin stem grew very tall and bended lol.
    If this lily really develop several flowers later, I will post it here :) 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,985
    It really needs more light than it is getting, that is one reason why the stems are so thin, they are reaching out trying to get to it. Light actually slows down the speed of growth so that plants grow stronger, and too much heat too soon also makes them spindly unless they are tropical plants.
    If there is no way you can grow it outdoors, then you will just have to do the best you can. Keep it coolish, give it as much sunlight as possible and feed it, but support the stems so they don't bend too much.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    edited April 2018
    Ally b - what feed did you give? Sounds as if there was a lack of light.

    Agree with you Buttercup, they need a lot of light 6 to 8 hours a day its said so should be outside really. 
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    I grow this in a pot outdoors. I have just been to check on it and it has survived this horrible winter. I live in SW Scotland.

    Yours would need hardening off, so set it outside and bring it in at night until frost has passed. It will do better with more light as others have said, but it is a tough plant, and very beautiful.


    SW Scotland
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