Naked Lady Lily Bulbs – Not Blooming

Q: I planted some naked lady lily bulbs two years ago. Every spring they put up beautiful foliage, but no blooms appear in late summer. Should I give up on them?

A: Don’t give up, the unclothed beauties will eventually appear! Naked lady, Lycoris squamigera, (also known as surprise lily) grows foliage in spring. The leaves die in summer but the light pink flowers emerge in a rush in fall. Fertilize yours in spring with bulb food or any general purpose fertilizer. This will encourage strong leaf growth, which makes blooming likely next fall.