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IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
Why does the lily on the right look different? The leaf colour is yellow and there are no buds. I’m probably going to stick this in the ground and see if that helps but it looks so different from the other lily pot. Is it just the variety? 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,158
    edited June 2022
    Have you fed the pots?  Have you checked for lily beetle?

    It could also be variety.  I have one pot of lilies that is already over and others at the fat bud stage.   I've also decided to plant all mine out in the garden now so I no longer have to move pots around as they come to their prime and then fade again and I won't have to do the annual cleaning/potting on/top dressing and all that watering.   
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  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    @Obelixx, I’ve treated both pots the same in terms of repotted and feeding. I couldn’t see beetles but something has nibbled it. It’s definitely going into the ground but I was puzzled by lack of buds. If it goes into the ground I’ll have to remember to look for beetles there, it’s easier to keep an eye in pots. Also hoping that squirrel don’t eat the bulbs.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,199
    Some are later than others too. If they're at the right depth, very few squirrels will try and dig that deep.  :)
    Slugs eat the leaves, as well as vine weevil and the lily beetles. It doesn't usually affect flowering if the plant is relatively healthy to start with. 
    That one could be congested and need splitting and re potting. It's hard to see what it's like from the angle of the pic.
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    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,743
    It looks as though there are 2 different types of Lilies there, so it is likely they will flower at different times.
    Here I have them flowering from now, until late August, across the different types.
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  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    @Fairygirl - I took the photo over the top to show lack of buds compared to the other one. It looks like the leaf types are different too. Could be congested- me stuffing too many in a pot.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,199
    It's worth tipping them out to see, although you may want to leave that till later in the year because hopefully they'll bud up and flower. If you feed them well as they die back, that helps get the sustenance into the bulbs for the following year too. 
    They can very quickly outgrow a pot, and you may find there's very little soil in there - just bulbs. That group looks very yellow, which they really shouldn't be.

    I check mine every few years. If they're really filling a pot, I know there's a good chance they'll be needing taken out and divided up again.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    I’m going to tip it to check the roots and chance it in the ground. 
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    I have others in pots, larger varieties which have usually done well.
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