Lilies forum: Hmmm 21F tonight and not sure what I can do here??

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Celebrating Gardening: 2015
patweppler
Apr 24, 2015 5:17 PM CST
All the lilies came in and most of them were sprouting already but they were travelling here in hot warm temps........
well most of them are potted now in 12 inch wide pots but 10 inches deep............
and under about 5 inches of soil but the martagon
just wandering if a frost blanket or blanket will be enough to hold these lilies tonight
-6C and clear and cold or 21F
tomorrow is going to be much better with the temps not near as cold but still pretty cool
I have not got the room to put all these pots anywhere for the night.......
huge amount of pots out there....
wander if I put on a fleece blanket on top of the frost blanket if all will be ok for the night??
this thaw and freeze is a pain here at this time of the year
and this will NOT by any means be the last frost of the spring either........

The big bed is not near ready yet to put these all in right now
need a suggestion

thanks

and if this does not work for some crazy reason but think this should.......how do I know how the lilies are doing underground.
it is mostly the sprout at the top of the lily they are worried about in frost
the blankets are hanging down the sides of the pots too.....
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Apr 24, 2015 7:25 PM CST
Any extra insulation, like a second blanket, will certainly help. If you can drape the blankets to rest on the ground, that would be best. Secure them so wind won't blow them off.

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
patweppler
Apr 24, 2015 8:05 PM CST
I put additional blankets on everything
they all have a double frost blanket and then a real blanket on top of that
all I can do is hope for the best
nothing is up since I just planted them in the past week or so........they bulbs are sprouting but 5 inches down
and then lots of soil on top
I covered the whole pots in blankets........

that is all I can do

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
patweppler
Apr 25, 2015 7:44 AM CST
so how do I know if the lilies are damaged under ground at all.........??
the soil feels fine right now but it has warmed up some already
do I dig up a bulb and look
or just leave them alone and hope for the best........
they had lots of covering over them last night but I do know they are sprouting under ground in these plastic pots..
I am not a container gardener at all.........but in this case had to do some of them in pots for a reason.....
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Apr 25, 2015 9:27 AM CST
Pat, I would not worry too much. Lilies have a strong will to survive. You'd be surprised how much heat the ground and those pots will hold even though the air temp is cold. I would just continue to take the minor precautions that your taking with blankets and they should be fine. Gardening is a labor of love and fun. I used to go crazy when I broke a stem or if something was going wrong. I have realized that nature has a way of taking care of itself.

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
patweppler
Apr 25, 2015 11:45 AM CST
ok thanks....
I did notice that some lilies are sprouting in the garden after last nights frost even and they seem to be fine
are not Asiatic Lilies ........the only thing planted in the garden there is some white trumpet lilies and forget the name of them....
but I can see them peaking through the ground.......
the ones in the pots are on the south side of the house in pots on a laneway....
so they might just be fine..
fingers crossed
you are right no sense in having a fit........nature does have a way
I am surprised at the number of ways some lilies self propagate

thanks again.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 25, 2015 11:45 AM CST
I agree with Joebass. lilies are tough as nails. we have about 10 pots here in seattle, filled with nearly 50 lilies that are strategically placed in our full sun beds, along with nearly 50 more lilies that are in the ground. the pots sit outside all winter long. rain, snow, frost, what have you... sub-freezing temps are rare in this area, but you get the idea. honestly, we don't do much in the way of "protecting" them from the constantly cold and wet fall, winter, and spring months here in the pacific northwest. however, we have used western sword fern fronds in the past. they don't do much for temp. control, but they repel rain water very nicely; and I cant ever recall in the last 5-6 years having lost a one. I think you'll be fine with what you're doing now.

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