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The Sad Case of the Forgotten Bulbs

Posted by mrobbins 6b - Brooklyn (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 26, 09 at 12:00

Cleaning up the small lobby of my building, I found a box delivered last November with some narcissus, fritillaria meleagris, and tulip bulbs inside -- firm, not sprouting. They've been stored in the dark at about 60F for the past three months. Should I plant them now outside?

What have you done with lost/neglected bulbs in the past?


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RE: The Sad Case of the Forgotten Bulbs

I would go ahead and plant them. Leaving them in storage another year does not guarantee they will sprout next spring. You still have a few more cold days/weeks left. You might be able to get them in the ground. If they don't bloom this year...they should most definitely do so next year.

The reason why we plant them in the fall is so they have time to establish a root system.


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