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bulb storage 'til planting

Posted by maevesgarden 6b/7aPhiladelphia (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 26, 10 at 9:44

Hi folks,

I'm new to planting bulbs in the northeast since I just bought a house here last winter. I just received my first order of narcissus (many different varieties), snowdrops, crocus...about 250 bulbs in all. We've had an unusually long, hot summer here and it was still approaching 90 degrees the other day, though now it has cooled to the upper 70s. It seems too early to plant as the soil is still quite warm. How do I store these bulbs until it is cool enough to plant? Are they ok in their bags in the garage or do they need refrigeration?

Thanks for your help to a newbie. I've always been a daff lover and am SO excited to see a display come spring and don't want to ruin the bulbs by doing something stupid :-)


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RE: bulb storage 'til planting

Are they ok in their bags in the garage or do they need refrigeration?
They should be fine in the garage and don't need refrigeration. I would however remove them from the box and sort of spread out the bags. You don't have critters (mice) in the garage, do you? If so, the daffodils would be fine, but the other bulbs might be eaten.

I just received my first order of narcissus (many different varieties)
Oh, what did you get? I'm a daffodil grower, shower, collector and always looking for some I don't already have. Possibly you have some I don't have. Possibly we could trade a few bulbs to both increase the number of varieties we grow...just wondering.

chemocurl...aka Sue

RE: bulb storage 'til planting

Hi Sue,

Sorry for the really tardy reply. After catching up on this forum I doubt very much I ordered anything you don't already have! I planted lots of Pheasant's Eye as I love the coloration. Otherwise I bought several packs of what was sold as "mixed pinks" from Bluestone; the naturalizing mix from White Flower Farm; and several bags of Minnows and Paperwhites for pots/forcing. Nothing exotic or unusual, I'm afraid.

RE: bulb storage 'til planting

Nothing exotic or unusual, I'm afraid.
Ah...but all sound like very nice choices. It sounds like you will have lots of different pretty springtime blooms.


RE: bulb storage 'til planting

Maeve - I love Pheasant's Eyes too - but if you haven't grown them before here's a hint. Don't worry if they look as if they're never going to flower. They are way later than the general run of narcissi.

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