Lilies forum: possible frost coming!

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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 12, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Help. What can I do to protect the few that are already up like 3+ feet already. At least the smaller ones I can throw a blanket on
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 12, 2016 8:34 PM CST

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I feel like generally lilies can tolerate a bit of a freeze, at least that's been my experience. It's when it fall below 20 degrees Farenheit that I seem to have had trouble. A light frost and they should do just fine.
Tracey
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 13, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Trumpets are the most venerable, followed by Oriental Trumpets. Generally, anything with Trumpet in it is a little more sensitive. So if you need to cover, start with those in mind first. Light frosts such as predicted here are usually not harmful, in either case.
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
May 13, 2016 2:18 PM CST
Martagons would be the most tolerant of frost.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 14, 2016 5:20 PM CST
So with a low predicted of 32 degrees Fahrenheit tonight, i shouldn't need to worry about the lilies? Nothing has buds yet. And no martagons.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 15, 2016 5:33 AM CST
Some pictures from around here this morning.

Ice in the mixing tub
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Even the garden soil had a frozen crust on it.


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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 15, 2016 7:19 AM CST

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Low temp. here based on our weather station 31.7F. Things look pretty good.
Tracey
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 15, 2016 8:21 AM CST
Oh no Lorn! Must have gotten it bad over there. My ground is wet, but not frozen. And my plants look fine so far. I'll know in a couple days if it was too cold. But i didn't even have frost on the ground.

Hope your lilies make it
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 15, 2016 8:23 AM CST

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Now it's just got to warm up, for all of our sakes. The lilies and us will all perk up Smiling
Tracey
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
May 15, 2016 8:24 AM CST
Dodged the frost bullet here too! Already 42 out. Even my tomatoes are untouched.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 15, 2016 8:26 AM CST
According to local news here

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Just wish night times lows were better but I'll take this
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 15, 2016 11:22 AM CST
My 'Uncle Sams' certainly didn't like the cold---all bent over this morning. Lilies won't grow back if they're pointed more that 45 degree angle downward like that. I tied these back up a little so hopefully they'll recover. These were part of the "Spirit of 76' Trumpet collection sold by B&D at one time. They shoot about a two foot stem before spreading leaves. More or less a novelty here,, I thought you'd like to see these turkey necks..

Busy making notes and taking pictures of frost damage among seedling lots. Some affected more than others and I record that to the history of each. The Div. VI material was affected the most. LAs and OTs and Asiatics were not affected nearly as much. Those in the pictures I posted earlier this morning recovered nicely. Smiling 26 and 27' F were my low temp readings this morning.
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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 15, 2016 11:27 AM CST
That's too bad! Hopefully next year for them. The resiliency of lilies at times is pretty amazing though. I saw a post earlier today on here that someone was getting snow! Been a really weird spring for the upper Midwest
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 15, 2016 11:46 AM CST
I did bring in the potted plants last night though.
The green one has a trio of black Beauty for the wife's grandmother, the other two have a mixed bulbs of two different kinds from a farm supply store. I only want a trio of one, but they sold them two of each per bag. Also trying to see how well they do. Not impressed so far though as it's been slow growing. Lol
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
May 15, 2016 11:55 AM CST

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Sorry for all your damage Lorn. But as you say it is a good opportunity to collect important data relating to their hardiness. Wish the bulk of lilies on the market were tested like that before introduction.

I don't need bad weather to wreck my lilies. I have already busted off a few stems while dragging my hose around. I hate hearing that familiar *SNAP* when I tug on the hose. No fault but my own.

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patweppler
May 15, 2016 11:59 AM CST
how cold did it get there Norm??

we are calling for about 30F or so here
and had snow on and off all day so far and last night too
things look ok out there but we had quite a bit of moisture as well
tonight the same temps again but this time clear and there is patchy frost being called for
so not sure what to do here.......
most of my lilies are up some a couple of feet but majority are just a few inches to one foot up

Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 15, 2016 12:00 PM CST
Oh no Connie. Bummer. I almost took it one of the rose bushes doing the same thing with the hose. I also have a dog that has completely pulled a lilac out of the ground, gnawed on a hibiscus, wiegelia, and a ghost Japanese maple. Chewed the maple down to nothing. I had to replace it Grumbling
Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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dellac
May 15, 2016 5:38 PM CST
Good grief Lorn! So that was a frost around -3.3 Celsius, in my language? Hope that's the last of it for you.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 15, 2016 6:37 PM CST
Yep, very unusual, cold and wet Spring season. With a forecasted low temp of 34'F and with dew points after sunset running 31 and 32, I saw no need to tarp over. And besides, the wind was blowing about 10 to 15 mph and those 18' X 24' foot tarps become like giant wind sails and it's hard for even 4 people to tie down without damaging whatever you're covering. Further, a horizontal wind acts like an air dam that retards surface heat near the ground from rising. So I never gave covering a second thought, even. When I got up at 4 AM, I checked the greenhouse temp. monitor because I've moved my newly sowed seedlings in there now. I figured it would hold about 38 to 40'F without heat. It read 30.6' F. I think I spilled half my coffee. Thankfully, I got a wall switch in the kitchen for that heating unit.

In the gardens, Asiatic were not affected. About 75% of the Trumpet/ Aurelian are damaged. We'll have to just wait and see which ones will grow up through the damage. Generally, those that are the most recent to emerge have the best chance of survival.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 15, 2016 6:40 PM CST

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All very good information. Thanks.
Tracey

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