crocus bulbs sprouting in packaging

brianPA2November 5, 2011

I bought about two hundred crocus bulbs a few weeks ago and they've been sitting in my garage. I went to plant them today and noticed that they all have 3/4" sprouts. If I plant them outdoors now will they die over the winter? Any suggestions?

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

They will do just fine. Plant them per the instructions, as soon as possible, and try to be gentle with the sprouts.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 4:30PM
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thanks, good to know.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 5:40PM
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If you were to dig up the crocuses already in the yard right now, they'd have 3/4 inch sprouts as well. I came across some well-established crocuses just the other day while planting tulips, and they had buds that were over an inch long.

Bulbs normally start growing over fall/winter so that they are ready for spring; crocuses come up so early that they want to get a good head start before the ground freezes.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 7:34PM
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