Lilies forum: Yikes.......some of My OT's are Sprouting asap

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Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 14, 2016 8:50 PM CST
here we are the 12th of April the other day and I noticed some of the new OT's I planted last fall since that is when the breeder told me to plant them are starting to come up already. There is still snow on the ground here in spots. The daffs are just starting bud and the tulips are nowhere near blooming. No leaves on the trees or anything else......and now the OT's......

only the one bed so far that is doing this but there are plenty of new OT beds......

what the heck do I now. The weather is much warmer now but still this is April. normally do not see much of the OT coming up until the latter part of May here...

will these bloom earlier then late July??
do I cover them..??

I called the person that I got the bulbs from and she said she thinks maybe the bulbs did not have enough time to settle in the fall and are coming up a bit early but I also planted lots of new trumpets and they are not coming up at all......from a different breeder.......
the beds are close to each other although the OT has a bit more sunlight.

any thoughts

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 14, 2016 8:51 PM CST
We had 9 thaw freezes this past winter here. Not like the usual 6 feet of snow on the would snow 3 feet and melt and so on and continued the complete winter here......
so not a normal winter
not sure how bulbs react to this type of change in temps
Minnesota and Alaska (Zone 3a)
Apr 15, 2016 12:07 AM CST
I am not sure where you are located but our winter here in northern MN has been much the same, unusual thaws way to early, not very cold over all and very little snow. It felt much more like coastal Alaska then Minnesota especially the weird ice conditions because of the mildness of the winter.
I think in your situation I would pile some extra soil on the plants (as insurance) and I would cover the area with anything that would keep the sun from shining directly on them as much as possible to keep the soil from thawing so quickly. Depending on how far they are coming up it could be just extra mulch, a cardboard box or what ever might slow down the whole thawing situation AND keep those tips from getting damaged from the cold. There are a lot more experienced lily experts on this forum too that might have a better idea or advice. I just have saved plants over the years by following instincts, using what ever I had on hand. Good luck!

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