Lilies forum: Later seedlings question

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Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
Oct 26, 2015 1:33 PM CST
I have a few pots with henryi seedlings from this spring and in each pot I have an additional 4-6 hairpins coming up. Now these are kind of interesting crosses but my question is, will they survive if I plant them out with the rest of the pot? They are just hairpins right now with no true leaves but there are enough seedlings that need to go dormant in the pot.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
Oct 26, 2015 2:01 PM CST
Joe, they usually don't survive unless you have one good leaf at least 30 days old. What you can do is gently transplant the hairpins at this point and continue to grow them under lights on up until January. The hairpin stage survives transplanting surprisingly well.

Late germination happens here a couple batches every year. Most times I rule in favor of the majority and forget about the rest, but I have separated them on many occasions with success. It's just a little extra work involved with a separate chilling cycle down the road along the way.

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