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I have some bulbs which have been delivered by post, they are a peruvian lilly. I know that they flower from early till late summer. Is it too late to plant them now for this summer? Wont the frost damage them? Would appreciate some advice. Ideally I want


By Ruthy

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

I'm a rubbish gardener and dont know anything!



Hi Ruthy, welcome to GOY.
Can you please tell us which part of the country you are in.? It will make a difference to the answer.

12 Jan, 2009


Leeds, West Yorkshire

12 Jan, 2009


Hi again,
As it will be some time before your ground is frost free I would pot them up in a bulb compost, keep them in a cool place and when growth starts give them plenty of light. If you have a greenhouse, place them on the floor to start with and bring them up to the light as the growth appears. If no greenhouse put the pots on a tray on the bathroom windowsill.

12 Jan, 2009


I think I'd plant them in deep pots, and keep them in a cool, light but frost-free place. Then you could either plant them into the soil when all the cold weather has gone, or just enjoy them in their pots this year.

I saw that more cold weather is forecast, so that's why I'm thinking this way, Ruthy.

SNAP! Docbob - we both pressed 'submit' at the same time - you won this time but I'm glad we agree!

12 Jan, 2009


Well Barbara, they do say great minds think alike. Lol.
Ruthy stick with GOY, you will soon be an expert. Lol.

12 Jan, 2009


Hi Ruthy - welcome to Grows on You, you'll find the answers to all your gardening questions on here. Spritz is an expert although he would never admit it - I always seem to find he's answered so many of our questions - he's a clever bloke with great common sense. As for me, well, I am an experimental gardener - I like to try growing things, then if it doesn't grow, I move it, if it still doesn't grow, I move it again - my landscape is an everchanging picture.
Anyhow, back to your question....bulbs. I bought a bag of bulbs last November with all good intension of planting them straight away, but time and the weather were not on my side and the bag of bulbs in still in the garage waiting for my full undivided attention. I had last week off work and had all good intensions of getting them in, but, yes, you've guessed it - the weather was pants! The ground was so frozen I doubt even a JCB would have helped! I'll just have to be patient and wait for the perfect moment to plant them, maybe I won't get the best results this year, but they'll be in their prime next year....hopefully!

13 Jan, 2009


Hi Greenfingers - thank you for your lovely comment about me - I am definitely not an expert and also definitely not a bloke! Ask my husband and 'children'!!

13 Jan, 2009


Oh my life! Sorry Spritz - I don't know what made me think you were of the male gender! Could be 'coz your handle has Henry in it - millions of apologies! x x x You're still a clever expert to me! x x x

19 Jan, 2009


Aaaaaw - thanks! XXX to you too!

Henry is my dog...he's a 'he', lol.

19 Jan, 2009


Ha, Spritz - I should have guessed Henry was your dog....silly me! Glad we're still friends!

20 Jan, 2009

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