questions about bulbs

mab2(6a)March 16, 2011

I am new to gardening this year. Would like to begin preparing planting beds for bulbs and shrubs but the ground continues to be muddy. I've read you aren't supposed to dig in muddy soil but how long should I wait? I am starting from scratch. What is the latest I can plant the bulbs? (lilies, caladium, elephant ear)They have already begun sprouting in the bag. How soon can I plant? Is it too early?

I'm in Essex County.

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I would love to know also. I am in Monmouth County and I see lots of bulbs and such for sale but I am hesitant to buy them if it's too early to plant. Mab2 thanks for bringing this up!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 10:31AM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

If they are winter hardy, I suspect now is fine. Most bulbs, especially spring flowering bulbs, have built-in antifreeze which protects them from cold. If you are unsure, give them a heavy mulch to protect them.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 8:09PM
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If your ground is muddy, you have a drainage problem. Solve that first. In Essex County I would suspect a clay soil. Is that why there is mud? I would add top soil to the garden area before planting. Bulbs such as tulips and daffodils should be planted in the fall. Lillies may be planted in a sunny area now. If they are growing in the bag now, plant in pots temporarily until the drainage problem is solved. Later on transplant into your garden.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 7:16PM
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