Can these still be planted?

alstJune 27, 2009

(I'm a garden novice so I apologize in advance if my question is silly.)

In mid-May, I purchased several bulb packets of summer-flowering daylilies, gladiola, and oriental lilies, when they were on clearance at a local home improvement garden center. I was not able to get to them right away, and they have been on my (covered) patio table and in the detached garage ever since. They have stayed dry.

Now it is almost the end of June, and I am wondering if the bulbs will still be good if I plant them now, or are they "goners"? If they are still good, is there any chance they will grow this summer? If they are not dead but will not bloom this year, how is the best way to store them and when is the best time to plant them so they will flower next summer?

Thanks very much for any advice!

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Plant them all. Chances are they will not bloom this summer, but then again, they might, especially if you put them into excellent soil and keep them watered regularly. If you don't plant them, you're sure to lose them by the end of the season, if not sooner. I am not familiar with your climate zone. It is possible that you'll need to dig up and store the gladiolas before winter. Perhaps someone else will chime in with this info.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 11:53PM
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I am not totally sure of our zone, everything I look at gives me a different answer! But in general is is probably zone 6 or 7. (sometimes 5)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 2:47PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I second Donna's advice. Into the ground ASAP with a good soaking.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 9:06PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I agree, plant now, if you haven't already.

But in general is is probably zone 6 or 7. (sometimes 5)
You will need to dig and store the glads then for the winter. The link below describes when and how to.


Here is a link that might be useful: How to Dig & Store Gladiolus Corms

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 2:07PM
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