Lilies forum: Planting lily bulbs in the spring.

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DonCK
Apr 15, 2017 7:32 AM CST
I picked up some Asiatic and Oriental lily bulbs. They appear to be sprouting in the bag. I live in Nova Scotia and don't know when I should plant these bulbs. Can you give me any advice?
Thanks
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Apr 15, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Hi @DonCK
If the bulbs are already sprouting, you need to get them planted as soon as possible - but if your ground is still frozen or you are going to be getting hard frosts for a while, then I suggest you plant the bulbs in containers and keep them indoors in a cool but frost-free place. You'll need a fairly large, deep pot. Lily bulbs should be planted twice as deep as the bulb, eg. a 4" bulb would need a hole 8" deep. Once the tops of the lilies start to show through the soil, move the containers to a brightly-lit position. Move them outdoors to harden off when the risk of severe frost is past.
Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Apr 17, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Hello @JuneOntario @donck
I tried your idea, June, only I used freezer one gallon zip lock bags. I clipped the bottom 2 corners for drainage, put 3" of lightly moistened potting soil in the bag, put one bulb in and covered the bulb with more potting soil and sealed. I can fit 3 bags in a plastic shoe box. The box need not be covered with a lid. It's in my garage on a shelf, temp is around 40 degrees. When planting, I'll slit the bag and slide the dirt/bulb right into the planting hole.
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