Non-blooming lilies

Asked July 27, 2018, 10:20 AM EDT

Had many oriental, aisatic and calla lilies that have great leaves, but alas, no blossoms. Could they bloom next year if treated correctly. In other words, should I use something now? Like bonemeal, or fish emulsion, etc. Or is it better to yank them out? Tha is, Nancy

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

The lack of blooming in most lily species is due to one or two reasons:

1). A lack of sufficient light

2). Crowded conditions; consider dividing your lilies this fall.

If these plants have bloomed in past years, my best guess is the latter

Overall I would guess that your plants are just fine. Applying a fertilizer rich in phosphorous, such as bone meal, would not hurt.

Here are two sites that will provide you further information:

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/lily-bulbs-not-bloom-59934.html

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

Good luck!!