Old Bulbs & Smaller Bulbs
First time poster to this Forum.
I wondering if planting the bulbs I have is just an exercise in futility...
All summer I've been preparing some raised planting beds in my garden for this moment so I can have a couple of large tulip fields.
I've been in the process of digging-up & moving the old tulips I've had in an old strawberry field. The tulip bulbs have been in the ground for about four years and really performed well each year. But I have to move the bulbs out of that location. So the thought was to create new raised beds on the south side of my house and put the old bulbs into these.
Once I started digging out the old bulbs I realized that they had really multiplied several times. I probably went from having a hundred to about four or five times that amount... only the bulbs as they are pulled out of the ground are splitting and are rather small. The field they were in was rather dry and I seldom irrigated so I don't think rot is a factore. The bulbs themselves are kinda like a garlic bulb where each bulb is made-up of smaller cloves. That's one situation I have.
The next situation is one that I DON'T like to EVEN THINK ABOUT because I'm afraid of the answer. I wanted to do this project, moving the raised beds, last year but ran out of time. But I purchased a couple of hundred bulbs last autumn but never planted them. At first, I kept the unplanted bulbs in the bags in the garage where it got cold and FORGOT ABOUT THEM. They were kept dry but they were subjected to freezing temperatures. Then in the spring, fearing the heat of summer and still UN-Able to find the time to plant, I moved them into the basement where it is cool and dark. I don't see any mold or any thing on the bulbs; they were kept together with one another in brown paper bags. A few of them have some growth coming off of them, but it's small. Is there still hope for these bulbs to produce in a year or two if I plant them now???
Any special tips for planting given my unique situation??
Thanks in advance.