Planting Oriental Lily bulbs now in my Southern Cali garden?

ocbrian2(z9/sunset 22/orange county,ca)December 23, 2011

I just ordered around 100 stargazers and other varieties from Van Engelen since they were on sale. Next month I will be planting my tulip bulbs when I'm done chilling them in my garage refrigderator and would like to plant the lilies at that time also to avoid damaging other bulbs if I plant them later in the year. Would it be okay to plant lily bulbs in January? We get down to around 40 maybe 35 degrees at night, only in the early part before sunrise. I'm just afraid that they will begin sprouting if I wait till spring to plant them. Thanks!

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I think it would be fine to wait to plant them. January is not all that far off anyway, even if planted in late Jan.

I'd just try to watch and keep the Stargazers from drying out too much before planting. You might try keeping them stored in some slightly dampened peat, or potting mix.

Happy Planting.


    Bookmark   December 29, 2011 at 9:31AM
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ocbrian2(z9/sunset 22/orange county,ca)

Hi Sue,

Thanks for the info. I went ahead and planted them in plastic containers with soil for now until it's time to plant everything together. I did notice some bulbs we dry looking and a couple of bulbs were soft, so hopefully the majority of them will be fine. Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2011 at 9:13PM
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