Planting Lilies in the Spring - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
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Question by mkoral
February 28, 2000
I bought three varieties of lily bulbs to plant near my home. The accompanying material doesn't say when to plant them. Do I plant them now when winter weather is still likely or later when no more hard frosts are likely?


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Answer from NGA
February 28, 2000
Lily bulbs should be planted as soon as possible, preferably within a few days of purchase, because they don't take well to "sitting around and waiting." So plant them as soon as the ground has thawed and the soil can be worked. If you must wait more than a few days, store them in damp peat moss. Lilies are hardy, so frost shouldn't harm the plants. Lily bulbs can also be planted in the fall. (However, don't save these bulbs -- get them in the ground this spring.)

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