When will I see sprouts?

kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)June 27, 2009

I planted 10 lily bulbs (5 Yelloween and 5 Salmon Stars) in early April that I bought from Brent and Becky's Bulbs. I planted them 8 inches deep as per instructions. When should I see something? I still don't see any sprouts coming up at all. Will they come in next year or are they annuals here?

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They are perfectly perennial in your zone. I'd say 8" is a little too deep for a first year plants. Lilies have "muscles" in their roots; they can pull themselves down later. That is why a shallow planting is safer than a deep one. Anyway, they should be at least 1'-2' tall at this time. The Lilies I bought from Brent&Becky's 50% off sale are about 1' tall now. I planted them on Memorial day.

I would carefully dig one of the bulbs and see what happened. If the bulb is firm and does not have rotten parts, it is fine. They might stay dormant this year because of the deep planting.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 2:02PM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

Good idea. I'll check one of them. I do have them marked so I know where they are :)


    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 9:34PM
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