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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)May 27, 2006

All my lilies planted last fall and early this spring are coming up great. I still have 20 bulbs to plant....5 Robina Orienpets, 5 Lady Alice (Bright Star) trumpet hybrids, 5 Muscadet and 5 Tom Pouce (orientals). My husband is helping me build another raised bed in the next day or two. What will happen (or not happen) if I plant this late in the spring? Do you think the Orienpets and orientals might still bloom this year? Thanks! :0) Phyl

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botanybabe

The larger bulbs, especially the late varieties may bloom. But even if they don't, you still have the lovely, frilly foliage. I plant blue scabiosa between mine and it looks great. Go ahead and plant them, don't let them dry out until fall.

Lainey

    Bookmark   May 27, 2006 at 4:16PM
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chemguynj(z6 NJ)

I've read it takes about 90 to 120 days to bloom. That puts you in early to late September. Still reasonable. You'll be enjoying lilies later than everyone else...which is fine. I planted a crop of Orienpets as well last week. We'll see how they do. Even if they don't bloom, the bulb will be nourished for next year.

Best,

Joe

    Bookmark   May 27, 2006 at 6:38PM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

Thanks Lainey and Joe! Looking forward to seeing all those that will bloom this year! :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   May 27, 2006 at 9:23PM
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