Bulbs forum: Lilly of the Valley shoots / Home Depot

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Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Jan 7, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Has anyone tried planting these before and have you had luck/any pointers? Pics below. They appear to simply be shoots and I'm guessing i want the tips above the soil by about 1-2 inches.

Thanks,
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Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Jan 7, 2016 2:43 PM CST
pips is the proper term i believe
(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Jan 7, 2016 3:20 PM CST
I am in zone 8b and they didn't bloom for me. I really didn't think they would but I am always hopeful. I do have a little foliage that comes up. I think the tops should be barely exposed --- not more than about 1/2".
Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Jan 7, 2016 3:39 PM CST
ahh, thanks for that. i will go a little deeper than planned.
Name: Paul
Madison, IN (Zone 6a)
delab
Jan 7, 2016 4:06 PM CST
tips right at the surface or slightly under. make sure that the area that you plant them is secure from them wandering into any other flowers because they tend to spread. Not at badly as mint, but they do reproduce well in our area. If you need more, let me know, I'm sure that we can arrange something.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jan 7, 2016 4:42 PM CST
Maxcaviar, do you know your Sunset climate zone? http://www.sunset.com/garden/climate-zones/sunset-climate-zo... If this just shows LA area click on the smaller map below that one and you will see OC. I looked up Convallaria ( Lilly of the valley) and it looks like they will bloom for you IF they have been pre chilled. They don't recommend them for zones above 20, and 21 is the lowest in OC
Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Jan 7, 2016 5:49 PM CST
wow, i'm zone 23, maybe i'm wasting my time. i guess it's too hot here?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jan 7, 2016 7:21 PM CST
If they've been pre chilled, they should bloom for you once, but unless you want to dig, store , and chill next year, probably not. Some bulbs need that winter chill. Go ahead and plant them....not on the south or west side of the house. They may surprise you. I've tried Tulips, Crocus, and others , and gotten one season of bloom out of them.
Skåne, Sweden (Zone 7b)
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William
Jan 8, 2016 5:15 AM CST
Here they are native and we have them all over the garden and that is 25 feet of pure sand, often under huge pine trees, so to say that these are easy is an understatement, but I'd agree with Carol about them needing a bit of a chill period. As I understand things the pips should be a bit thick to be of blooming size. If they are thin and pointy they will only develop leaves the first year. However yours have already started to grow some, so would perhaps look a bit thin anyway.

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