John Longanecker jlongane@hotmail.com
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 10:59:52 PDT

Regarding fasciation, in the species lilies, pumilum seems to be particularly susceptible with no evidence of fasciation in my garden in any of the other species I can grow.  In the wild, I have noticed it in various types of the parvums, with frost early in the season seemingly the culprit.  In the garden the same frost early in the year seems to be a trigger but more importantly over-fertilization is a factor.

The most spectacular example I've ever witnessed was in Sebastopol, CA where a lily in the ground had been subject to both a late frost and lots of fertilizer -it was about three feet tall and the stem was five or six inches across with so many buds you couldn't count them-I don't know if any of the buds opened, but over bud production is more likely in fasciation than no buds at all.

Last year, one of my "orienpets" produced a normal, round stem which split about three feet above the ground into two flower heads, both of which bloomed as if the other wasn't there.  I don't know if this is also considered fasciation or not.  Two-headed dragon syndrome?  This year it returned to the single flower head.

I wouldn't discard any of the bulbs affected, as they will either die on their own or return to "normal" in future seasons.

John Longanecker, 
Placerville, CA where sp. pardalinum and parvum are currently blooming in my yard.


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