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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #9158497

This spring I watched with eager anticipation for several of the lilies I've planted over the years. The most dependable, the large trumpet lilies, were among the first to emerge and everything looked great. One of the lilies, however, seemed to be struggling - the lower leaves were black and dropped off. Today I noticed the whole plant seems to have died.

Does anyone have a clue as to what's going on? None of the others seem to have the same problems - if it's a disease, I want to keep it from spreading. I'd appreciate the input from those of you who have more experience.

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Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9158947

Seems to be a lot of that happening this year, with no definitive answer. Could have been our up and down temps earlier in the year. I find an application of fungicide helps to prevent further leaf damage and loss.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2012
7:34 AM

Post #9159034

This one looks done to me - I don't think anything will save it. What do you think? My primary goal is to prevent the spread to others in the garden.
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2012
10:11 PM

Post #9160001

Try the fungicide, especially to leaves that still have green. Keeping those on as long as possible will help for next year's bloom. It's not necesarily a goner ~ just for this year.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
4:17 AM

Post #9160110

Would Bordeaux work? I gought some years ago for peony spots. Fortunately, my peonies have not been bothered at this house.
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9160252

Yep, that's a good choice.

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minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 11, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9160258

Did you dig up the bulb and take a peek? Maybe a critter got it form underneath.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9160260

I didn't - I cut down the first one and disposed of the stem to avoid contamination in my compost pile. I guess I could dig up the bulb and take a look.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 11, 2012
6:46 AM

Post #9160314

That is just what I would do first. Save having to go buy something and spray. And being it only hit one of them - something may have found a tasty treat...
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #9160830

I'd leave it alone and avoid overhead watering. Some lilies are just more prone to fungus, and the hit-and-miss symptoms may be due to their position in the garden, eg: air circulation.
hostages
Wyoming, MN

June 12, 2012
10:20 PM

Post #9163074

I had something similar happen to two of my three Rio Negro lilies last year. They are back this year looking fine and only slightly smaller than the one which was not affected. Last year I simply cut and eliminated the ugly black stems.

Gary

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 13, 2012
4:13 AM

Post #9163211

All good information! Thanks, everyone.
Garden56
Jamestown, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2012
4:28 AM

Post #9193590

Leawood Gardner
I have had the same thing happen to one of my clumps of orniepets. Two of them were growing side by side. Everything was going well: up to 6' tall and lots of buds. One of the plants developed the brown leaves at the very bottom, which had slowly and steadily crept up. Now the buds are shrivelled up and falling off. The other one is healthy and happy. Every other lily in the same bed is doing well.
I did have some lilies in the another area fail to bloom. They are all green, but never developed flower buds. I think all of this is not a disease but due to the weather. We had extremely warm weather which caused my lilies to sprout and then extreme cold. Despite tht fact that I covered them with black pots, I think it was too much for some of them.
Check out the article on the B & D Lily site on fungus problems: http://www.bdlilies.com/whatisbotrytis.html I think that is what is happening to my one bulb.
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9195202

I had a similar thing happen some years back so I dug up bulb and planted it in a container to keep it isolated from healthy ones, it bloomed just fine the next year, so it got replanted in the bed again that fall and has been fine since. Good luck. Patti

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9201616

I cut the diseased plants back, disposed of the foliage in the trash and sprayed the stump and ground with a fungicide. Let's hope that takes care of it.

bluepoppy
Landisburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 5, 2013
4:18 PM

Post #9473024

I have had lily borer and that is how the lily looked...you can find like sawdust and a hole on the stem if this is the problem..
Charmed_Garden
Reading, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2013
5:33 AM

Post #9505089

Rose drenches come in handy in these situations. They are systemic and will catch both fungal and pest based disease processes. Wait until the ground looks like it needs a drink and drench the whole area. I am not a fan of toxic chemicals but sometimes...you got to do what you got to do.

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