When to plant bagged perennials?
I normally never do this. But now I have :) , so need advice.
I bought a few bagged perennials when I was picking up my summer bulbs. Last frost date here in Zone 5 Chicago is not til near the end of May. Each have 2 or 3 plants in the bag. I can't see inside the opaque bag, but they must be bare root, bagged with moss.
Black single hollyhock (have always wanted one, and just fell for it). If those are biennials, though, I don't know what to expect.
Bleeding heart (old fashioned, they had Luxuriant too, but those roots felt smaller. I don't know if that's normal for Luxuriant)
Rhubarb (I know, not a "perennial" as in a flower, but still a perennial) . I bought potted plants last year, but both died (or went dormant?) in mid summer. I want to try another way to get them started. I bought bagged also, late last season, and those were dried up old things, which will probably not come back. But these felt firm and fresh through the bag.
I don't know if these should be potted up in the house, or planted straight into the garden. I'm hoping the latter, if I just know when would not be too early.
I should add that the display with the bagged plants were not in the fully heated store, but in an annex that acts as a transition zone between the store and the outside nursery. Cooler than the store, but warmer than outside. If not potted, my storage options are: cement floor in basement closet, where I overwinter tender bulbs; unheated attached garage, with no windows; refrigerator in same garage.
This post was edited by linnea56 on Sat, Mar 29, 14 at 18:49