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Name: Steve Favignano
Foley Missouri (60 miles north (Zone 4b)
Jun 7, 2016 9:07 AM CST
I just ordered Lilium bulbs from the Netherlands, and they did not come with planting instructions except to say plant them immediately. It is early June, and I have read that they should be planted in the fall. So, I am wondering what the results would be by planting them now. These are some pretty expensive Lilies, so I really do not wish to harm them. I would appreciate any input.

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Name: Dave
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Jun 7, 2016 9:24 AM CST
I would post this in the lily forum. If you plant them now, you won't see any bulbs most likely this year add they need about 120 + days for their growing season. You could refrigerate them,in just not sure they would keep that long
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Jun 7, 2016 9:35 AM CST
Steve, post your question on the lily forum here is it is

Added I also posted to the lily forum asking if someone can post here to answer your question.
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Jun 7, 2016 10:08 AM CST
I'm not Lily expert, but I always planted my lily bulbs in Spring and they will bloom in Summer, but this Spring some of them bloom earlier.......In the fall I plant my Spring blooming bulbs i.e. Daffodils, Amaryllis, Hyacinth etc...
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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
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Jun 7, 2016 11:10 AM CST
Steve, you should plant them now. The bulbs you received are preconditioned with a winter chill and are all set for Spring planting. It is a little late but that should not be a problem. Plant in a sunny location in well drained soil. Avoid low spots and wet spots. Afternoon light shade is acceptable. Plant the bulbs about 2 and 1/2 times deep as they are large. For most lily bulbs that works out to about 5 to 6 inches deep. Water in thoroughly once immediately after planting. Place some light mulch over the area to help keep soil cooler and to hold moisture level. Do not water again until they come up. You can apply light application of fertilizer like 10-10-10 once they come up if you wish. And, that's about it. Don't forget to mark the spot with a garden ID tag so you don't step on them next Spring. Good Luck!
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Jun 7, 2016 12:36 PM CST
Lorn is right on ...
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Name: Steve Favignano
Foley Missouri (60 miles north (Zone 4b)
Jun 7, 2016 12:57 PM CST
Thanks everyone for the quick response. Will get them in ASAP, and not a prob if no blooms this summer. Nice meeting you guys and I'll find that Lily forum. This place is huge.

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