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Old 08-10-2019, 08:33 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Why are these beauties so difficult? Does anyone else have problems with them?


I've grown other lilies and they thrived and spread. But for years, I've planted stargazer bulbs from different sources and never had one come up. This is over several different houses.



I finally bought some potted stargazers and planted those. That's an expensive way to buy flower bulbs. They promptly died back.


But, hurrah, they came up this spring. There were two plants per pot, so I had 4 stargazers up and growing. They got flower buds early and the buds just sat there and did nothing.


One of my plants died back and a second one looks like it is dying. The flower bud shriveled and the leaves are dying off from the bottom up.


But finally, one of the plants had glorious flowers open.


It has taken me over a decade and dozens of flower bulbs purchased in order to get one happy stem of Stargazers.


Stargazer bulbs are not inexpensive. I have to be doing something wrong. What is mystifying about it is that other lilies, light pink ones and a white and yellow one, have thrived for me.


I welcome any advice.
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:37 AM
 
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I've seen lilies advertised that are even darker color with a wider white band on the petals and more freckles, but I am afraid to try to get those started after so many failures with the stargazers.


I'd spend the money to buy potted stargazers, except I haven't seen any for sale, not anywhere, and I am looking.
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:38 AM
 
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By the way, the fragrance of these things is marvelous. Even with one plant blooming, I am really enjoying being out in the garden with it.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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I had those beautiful things for many years, then one spring none of them came back. I suspect they were eaten by some varmint... many bulbs disappear that way.
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