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planting bulbs in Zone9

Posted by jvmagic USDA9 (My Page) on
Thu, May 5, 11 at 19:18

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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RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

You need to post what kind of bulbs they are.

RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

The bag states Liatris Spicata. What do you think?

RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

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.

RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

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.

RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

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.

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