Return to the Bulbs Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
planting bulbs in Zone9

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

Hi,
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.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

You need to post what kind of bulbs they are.


 o
RE: planting bulbs in Zone9

The bag states Liatris Spicata. What do you think?


 o
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.


 o
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 plant.....like 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.


 o
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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Bulbs Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here