Protecting New Shoots

Jamestown, NY(Zone 5a)

We have been enjoying the spring from heaven. I live in Zone 5, but it has been in the 70's and tomorrow will be in the 80's. My garden is weeks ahead: daffodils blooming and much of my plants are in good growth. This includes several of my lilies: orientals, hansonii and more. In 5 days we are going to hit a high in the lower and 60's and nights in the lower 40's. Since I have never had growth like this so early, should I be covering these shoots at night when the temperatures go plummeting?
Garden56

Lincoln, NE(Zone 5b)

Many of us are having unusually early growth of lilies. I wouldn't worry about protecting them unless there is a danger of frost / freeze. We're all crossing our fingers.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I live in the greatlakes region and was beginning to believe we would have an early spring when southerners,Tenessee,Kentucky, Louisiana ,all talked about unusual mild weather. This goes back as far as January.
Now I believe we will have another early spring as 2010. I dont believe its the end of cold temps as its supposed to go to the 50's next week.

This is NOT gospel but a strong inclination. Gawd help me if the lilies freeze.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Do you have any old flower pots? This happens to us almost every spring in zone 5a. Pop those pots on top of your lilies and they will be fine! Just take them off in the morning if the temperature is going to soar.

Jamestown, NY(Zone 5a)

Thanks for all of your input. If the forecast is correct, it is even going to be lower in temps. I have several clear bottles that I use to cover my small transplants when the temperatures fall after Memorial Day. I will just bring them out earlier. I hate to lose all my lily blooms!
Garden57

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

I remember one spring when we got a sharp frost that reduced my Regales to mush. It sounds silly, but I cried my eyes out.

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

good advice Donna.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Once they are frosted that is usually a wrap. Now, I have had some on which the leaves were nipped, and they were OK. But frosted means bye bye.

My neighbors used to laugh when the temperatures would be plunging toward the low 30's and I would be running around with pots, pot lids, pails, bowls - anything I could find. I also realized that regale is one of the more sensitive to frost, which you wouldn't expect given it's tough origins in China.

I can alsmost hear them now "there goes that crazy lady again!"



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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Its too bad the neighbors arent more sensative. No one knows what its like to cultivate plants for years and see them lost overnight.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Ge, most of my neighbors they have nothing in their yards to lose. NO ONE around me has any lilies - can you imagine?

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

The only lily I have up so far is Arabesque. How odd. I planted 5 sets of 5 in different places in 2008, I think, and 2 of the places they have sprouted. Usually my Asiatics are first up. But I have straw sitting next to them to cover if necessary, and I can do the inverted pot thing. So far they are only up about 2". Not my favorite lily, but it's nice, and I would hate to lose them.

And I really do think we're going to get frosted.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

What makes you think that Polly? set me birdbath out.

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

I think it's just too early. Too good to be true.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Ohhhh I thought you had some sort of divine guide.

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Well, I am psychic, but this is just experience talking. The first year I did a mass planting of lilies they all came up quickly in the hot weather and got frosted to mush. The next year they were fine, but that doesn't help the year we're in.

I just found a couple more up. Asiatics this time.

This message was edited Mar 21, 2012 5:58 PM

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

My Chianti asiatics are up. Hope I dont run out of pots when the frost comes. Friday the temps go down.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

All of my lilies are in my minifridge. Except for a Silk Road in a self watering pot with Heritage. And oh my it's broken dormancy!

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

This is crazy. I have lilacs getting ready to bloom. And I did find more lilies up.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

The allegheny serviceberries here are blooming 5 weeks ahead of schedule!

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Elnino

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

The dreaded freez is comming tonight and tomorrow night. Guess I will use all the pots I have and some beach towles.
I wouldnt want a summer without Elise,Tigerbabies, Bonboni and Chianti.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

The return to winter has me covering lilies. Temps started out at 39* but have dropped. Tonight and tomorrow night they are calling for hard freezes.
Whole beds are covered with beachtowles and a queen size lightweight blanket. I had enough pots to cover most of the rest. If I missed anyone or lurkers emerge todat they are on their own.

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