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Safe to plant Asiatic Lily before last frost?


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Rusty02-May-03 07:09 PM EST 6   
PatA03-May-03 12:53 AM EST 3a   
Vic07-May-03 07:17 AM EST 2b   
PatA07-May-03 11:13 AM EST 3a   
Vic09-May-03 08:11 AM EST 2b   


Subject: Safe to plant Asiatic Lily before last frost?
From: Rusty
Zone: 6
Date: 02-May-03 07:09 PM EST

I bought some Asiatic lily bulbs early Spring, they'e desperately trying to sprout in the bag even though I kept them cool. I've heard I should wait until after last frost to plant outside (usually May 30). Is it OK to plant them now (May 5)? Could heavy frost kill them if they've started to grow in the ground and are a few inches high?

Thanks for any help and happy gardening!

Rusty


Subject: RE: Safe to plant Asiatic Lily before last frost?
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 03-May-03 12:53 AM EST

Rusty, live a litttle and be brave. In your zone it is okay to plant out asiatic lilies now. Plant them so the root is about 4" into the soil. If anything is tall enough to stick up above soil level then have a cover ready for cool nights. You would be surprised at how quickly hardy lilies will acclimatize to outdoors. A week or so will be enough. I'm in zone 3 where we reccomend planting lilies up to 6" deep to protect from our extreme winter temps and we are already planting outside too!Even if you (or we) got a heavy frost(-4C or lower) the first few leaves may be damaged or blacken but the rest will be okay.Good luck! PatA


Subject: RE: Safe to plant Asiatic Lily before last frost?
From: Vic
Zone: 2b
Date: 07-May-03 07:17 AM EST

PatA- Some of my packaged lilies have shoots extending from the bulbs. I have been hurrying to have the beds ready for them now. Do I stake any parts that protrude from the ground after planting the bulbs or will the shoots straighten themselves when the bulbs get established? Is any powder applyed to the bulbs at planting?


Subject: RE: Safe to plant Asiatic Lily before last frost?
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 07-May-03 11:13 AM EST

how far extended? if it's just a couple of inches then don't stake they will orientate themselves nicely. If its 6" or better they may be too soft for the wind and (gulp) possible late spring snows that your zone might recieve. Stake in that case and have a bucket or two ready to cover if heavy snow comes your way. By the way in my zone 3 I'm smack dab in the middle of the Alberta snows that came this week. Are you out of that and in balmy Sask or Man.? If you are for the first time ever I'm jealous of your drier zone.

Good planting to you :-) PatA


Subject: RE: Safe to plant Asiatic Lily before last frost?
From: Vic
Zone: 2b
Date: 09-May-03 08:11 AM EST

Thanks PatA,

Although we had a surprise snow about 4 weeks ago, it only stayed around for two days. We had already had a lot of mild, sunny weather. Since then we've had almost exclusively sunny warm days (15 to 20C days, 0 to 5C nights). Trees and roses started budding a week or two ago. That is average or early to my recollecion. The last six weeks have been wonderful. Now we are getting the rain we and farmers need. Established lilies, oriental poppies, lycnis, etc. and spring bulbs are well underway.


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