Lily bulb making dozens of stems

Paige Woodward
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:54:17 PDT
Hello, Gene. 

This looks like a version of fasciation, no? Caused hypothetically by the interplay of temperature, light and nutrition; the problem is always to repeat the interplay in a lab. And no one says there's only one formula. 

In your shoes I would 

1. taste one shoot of the multi-stemmed kelloggii
2. if the flavor is boring, simply leave all your kelloggii to complete their cycle and check back with them in 2014.
3. if the flavor is interesting, treat the shoots of at least one bulb as a salad.

I send this flippant response because I have encountered fasciation several times in my garden lilies; they all returned to their traditional form a year later; and when I tried to recreate fasciation by simple manipulations, I failed. 

Fasciation is complex but it does appear that your lilies are in its temporary grip. 


On 2013-04-01, at 8:13 PM, "Gene Mirro" <> wrote:

> I have a group of Lilium kelloggii bulbs that are making dozens of thin stems out of each bulb.  See here:   
> Does anybody have any idea why this is happening?  

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