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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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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.


    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.



    Bookmark   May 27, 2006 at 6:38PM
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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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