Say it's not too late

jmac_2008December 11, 2008

Hello everyone,

I fell vicitim to to several end-of-season bulb sales, and a few of my bulb shipments will arrive later than expected (next week vs. this week.) Unfortunately, I won't be in town to plant these bulbs (hyacinths, tulips and irises) until mid to late Jan 2009. The bulb companies assure me that if the ground is not frozen solid, I should go ahead and plant them in January or even February. In the meantime, the bulbs will be kept in a cool dark and dry place.

Have you planted spring blooming bulbs in January or February? Did it work? Thanks for your responses.

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

It's not too late. As soon as the bulbs come, put the tulips and hyacinths into your refrigerator in a section separate from your fruit. Leave them there 8 to ten weeks (I always mark my calendar), then plant them outside (in pots if your ground is too hard).

What kind of iris?
Dutch: plant right away
reticulata: plant right away
Bearded: I would plant in a pot and put them outside in spring. They won't bloom for you next spring anyway.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 10:03AM
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greenbug(zone 6_CT)

I fell victim too!! Bought daffodils, tulips, aliums,hyacinths,crocuses...
I plan to throw them into the ground in bunches.
Worst comes to worst, you can always force them indoors and enjoy them indoors.
Never done it before but seems easy.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2008 at 12:42PM
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Nell Jean

Hyacinths can be kept refrigerated for about 6 weeks, then brought out and placed in coffee mugs and similar little containers with a few stones to hold them in place, for Valentine gifts. They don't have to be in bloom, just have some green showing the promise. Seeing the bud form and grow and bloom is part of the charm.


    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 4:09PM
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