The packing material that you used to grow the lily looks more like peat moss than clay.
Google Search: Moss peat is a bryophyte also called sphagnum or bog moss. Because of the presence of a remarkable water holding capacity moss peat is used as a packing material in the transportation of flowers, live plants, tubers, bulbs, seedlings, etc.
That would explain the slow growth. Peat moss is a very poor substrate. Too acidic, too "fluffy", lacks iron, etc. Even if you add fertilizers, it will never be as good as ordinary garden soil. Bagged potting soil would be my second choice.
I enjoy your poetry.