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Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jul 2, 2016 1:50 PM CST
So if you hpothetically were to acquire a bulblet of lilium grayii from the Southern Hemisphere how would you handle it. It should be going to sleep right now but we are right in the middle of our growing season. What would be the best way to acclimate this bulb? I do have refrigeration abilities but optimally I would like to plant it out. Any thoughts are appreciated!
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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Jul 2, 2016 2:18 PM CST
I have read some of Lorns posts where he had done that. @roosterlorn. I'm sure he has some advice
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jul 9, 2016 3:46 PM CST
Bump.....thoughts please
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Jul 9, 2016 5:14 PM CST
It would have to go through some kind of cold treatment for normal sprouting. I would just extend that for as long as I could, until my spring. Once the bulblet is dry, I would put it in a freezer ziplock bag, and put it in the coldest part of the fridge - 32°F if possible. If ice crystals form inside the bag, that's good. If water droplets form, open the bag to dry more.
Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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Jul 10, 2016 2:40 AM CST
First I think a hypothetical congratulations would be in order! Hurray! nodding

But as for how to treat such a bulb on receiving... I think Rick has good advice. When I sent asiatics north I gave them a spell in the fridge before they left but they still had a tough time adjusting. I think I gave them 10-12 weeks but in retrospect I don't think it was long enough.

Is it at all possible to try scaling the bulb? After the warm incubation any bulblets could go through a cold period that might take them through into synch. with your next spring. I have no idea about scaling North Americans though. It might be a terrible idea!

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