planting bulbs in Zone9

jvmagic(USDA9)May 5, 2011


I live in San Jose, CA 95118 (I believe Zone 9) and I have a bag of bulbs (purchased from Costco in January). Can I still plant these, or is it too late?

Thanks in advance.

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steve22802(7a VA)

You need to post what kind of bulbs they are.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 10:18PM
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The bag states Liatris Spicata. What do you think?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 12:55AM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I have the same Liatris from CostCo. They took 2-3 years to bloom!! I would plant them immediately, give a good soak and then ignore. If they're still firm all should be ok. They do not like being disturbed so choose the location with care.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 1:21AM
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Not really a bulb :-) Liatris is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae), a herbaceous perennial easily grown from seed but also sold as bare root starts with summer flowering bulbs as it develops flattened, corm-like roots or storage organs. It can also be purchased as a started most other herbaceous perennials.

By all means go ahead and plant now. As long as the roots/corms have not dried out excessively it should be fine. Because not a true bulb, bare root sources of liatris - like other types of perennials sold in this manner - may have a low success rate. Unlike bulbs, these rooty plants really do not store well out of the ground.

IME, they divide and transplant quite easily. Very tolerant of a range of planting conditions, naturalizes to form large clumps and pretty indistructable.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 8:52PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

My goof!!! I was thinking Lycoris. Gardengal is correct.

ps: I've not had good luck with Liatris in my area nor any of the gardening friends. Guess our winters are too mild. They behave like short-lived perrenials.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 5:03PM
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