Lilies forum: Too late?

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Oct 5, 2016 7:09 AM CST
Hi everyone. Is it too late to plant lily bulbs? It took me awhile to get my garden ready. It is now, but I'm afraid that it might be too late in the season to plant the lilies (daffodils and hyacinth too.)

I'm in zone 5b, north-central Massachusetts.
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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
Oct 5, 2016 7:23 AM CST
Fall planting is fine. The ground is not frozen and the roots have time to establish before winter.
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Oct 5, 2016 8:09 AM CST
Yes, even right up until the soil freezing is acceptable, but now, the earlier the better. Daffs need to be planted this week in your climate, don't wait on those.
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Oct 5, 2016 8:54 AM CST
Thank you Rick and Dave, I'll have them all in tomorrow.
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Oct 8, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Well, I got most of the lilies in today, and will get the daffs and tulips in tomorrow! Here's the first picture of my lilies, which are in the back, with Silk Road on the far right. Front row is Grape Hyacinth, just behind are crocus, and the space between the crocus and the lilies is for the daffs and tulips.
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dutchman
Oct 9, 2016 9:09 PM CST
Too late for Lilies that have been in the freezer( so last year's crop) since they will be up in no time.
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 9, 2016 9:12 PM CST
Joanna I just planted mine this weekend and some haven't been shipped yet so I'll plant them yet this year too. I'm also in zone 5b
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Oct 10, 2016 11:47 AM CST
dutchman said:Too late for Lilies that have been in the freezer( so last year's crop) since they will be up in no time.


Nope, no need for freezer here. Mom nature does that for us in the winter!
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Oct 10, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Legalily said:Joanna I just planted mine this weekend and some haven't been shipped yet so I'll plant them yet this year too. I'm also in zone 5b


Thanks Ginny G! It rained all day yesterday so I'm going out to plant a bunch now. We're due for a freeze tonight so for the ones I don't get into the ground today, I'm thinking the best way to store them is to put them into a colander, and bury the whole thing under 6" of unpacked earth. Then, when I can do more gardening, which won't be until Thursday or Sunday, I can just uncover the whole thing and plant them in their permanent locations.

Any thoughts on this?
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