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Little_allotmentLittle_allotment Posts: 12
edited March 2019 in Problem solving
I have a few pretty women lilies in a pot which I had forgotten about. But while digging in the pot I broke the growing tip off, will my lily stil flower this year or do I have to wait till next year? Would be sad not to have any this year

Thanks in advance 


  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,691
    @Little_allotment. Your thread has slipped through without a response so I am bumping it up for you. I don't know the answer but it doesn't sound good.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,438
    I don't think it will flower if the growing tip has broken.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I'd doubt it too. Best just to leave it/them, label the plant, and tuck the pot somewhere out the way for now. 
    Why were you digging in the pot though? Do you have something else in it along with the lily?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,106
    Easily done if the growing tip is below the surface and you've forgotten that there's anything in there.  If there's more than one bulb in the pot, the others should flower this year.  Let the leaves grow, feed and water as usual so it can build up for next year, and maybe treat yourself to another pot of lilies for this year.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • I plant my lilies with other annuals  when the weather was good a week or so ago and was removing all the annuals. Definitely getting more lilies this year. More for me  😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Oops- schoolboy error, Little a.
    Not to worry. Perhaps leave the lilies on their on in the pot for this year, just to be on the safe side ;)
    If you're catching them when removing the annuals, it would be worth burying your lilies a good bit deeper. They can stand being planted deeply.
    Another idea could be to do that, cover them with a layer of soil/compost so that they're hidden, then put a little layer of chicken wire over them, before placing the rest of the compost on top for you annuals. That way, you would hit the wire before catching the bulb tips  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Oh never thought about chicken wire, thanks for the the idea. I will definitely be adding wire on top, you've just saved me all my lilies 🤗
  • Little update, just went in to the garden and found that its shot up. Looks very healthy! I am honestly so surprised. Don't know if the bulb has split into two over the winter.... but I'm happy I'll get to see my lilies once again.
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