Asiatic and Oriental lilies foilage turned black.

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Hi everyone, I planted few rows of Asiatic and Oriental lilies , we had a lot of rain recently and I noticed just before developing the buds the top of the Lilly stick curled and turned black, any idea on what's happening? Can I deadhead the tip of the stick and expect new shoots to continue and develop buds? See photos thanks guys
 

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I'm no expert, but it's just too late in the year for lilies. All of mine have died off for the year and or temps are still in the 70s and 80s.
 
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I don't recognize your flag. Where are you? There are many "Octobers" depending upon climate.
 
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Duhh. Thanks, I needed that. So it's early growing season, spring. I have no special knowledge to base a guess on, but I would guess at genetic failure. That is the meristem, and your plant has just had a spontaneous abortion.
 
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Greetings, welcome to the Forums.

The withering stem tips on the oriental Lily hybrids (Lilium cvs.) in the OP is likely a disease issue, though overwatering or poor drainage could certainly acerbate the situation. It may be best to cut off the rotten material immediately and perhaps dust with sulfur.
If the stem dies down completely, dig up the bulb and replant in a container of fresh potting soil. The hope is that the rot will not spread to the bulb. Flowers for the current year are unlikely, but if the bulb survives there is always the future.

Note: This is one of two very similar threads.
 

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