Receiving and Care for Lily Bulbs Before Planting OutsideKenn Parry
Perhaps you want to order a particular bulb that gets sold out early in the season, the ground is not ready for planting…when you receive your lily bulbs. Depending upon the variety, once you receive your lilium bulbs, you can store them in a cool, dark place for up to 3 weeks (such as a refrigerator) in potting soil in a plastic or paper bag. I prefer a plastic bag because it will naturally sweat and provide some moisture while storing. Just keep the potting mix damp, not wet. This keeps the bulb cool and prevents too much early growth, especially if you are currently experiencing cold weather (below freezing), you maybe out of town for awhile and can’t get to planting right away, the lily is delivered and you just plain forgot about it, or there is snow on the ground and you can’t plant outside yet. We always ship our lily bulbs in potting mix for these reasons and more.
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