Is it a good time to plant spring bulbs in New jersey

Hello people, I have bought several spring blooming bulbs.( Hyacinths, Iris, Aliums.. ). I want to know if I can go ahead and plant them now or should I wait for few more weeks. I live in New jersey and temparatures here are still in the 80s. Thanks.
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I'm in Rochester, which is just slightly cooler than your climate. I've planted as late as mid-November. You could plant now, based on the theory that it could turn colder in a week, or not. The weather shmexperts aren't offering much guidance, as you've probably noticed. Or, you would wait as much as another month. It won't make much difference.
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unless the ground freezes... it won't hurt the bulbs to plant them now & it's a lot more pleasant being out in warm weather planting than in an icy rain because you're trying to get the bulbs in before it snows tonight ;) Joe, i'll be in Rochester around turkey day. is it likely stores will still have bulbs available or should i bring some with me? any good garden centers heading east from Rochester towards Wolcott that you know of? thanks lee
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I've never shopped for bulbs that late, but if I were going to, this would be the place I'd try first. They always seem to have bulbs for forcing, but this doesn't mean they'll have a large selection of others at that time. http://www.harrisgardens.com /
When other stores think the season's over for various things, Harris will still have a supply of stuff to keep gardeners sane through the winter. Give them a call. It's barely out of your way though, and worth a visit just for the planting accessories that other stores either don't carry, or charge an arm and a leg for. Example: Heavy duty plastic planting trays, 6-packs in sheets of six or eight, etc. Those trays are the best thing since sliced pepperoni.
If you zoom out this map, you'll see that Harris is about 8 minutes south of route 104 (the highway), which has an exit for route 250 (Nine Mile Point Rd). http://maps.google.com/maps?q 49+Fairport+Nine+Mile+Point+Rd,+Webster,+NY+14580,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title
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other than a 2005 veggie list, it looks good. :)

yup! if you can keep the kid from tripping over them they last for several years. do they also have the sheets of 4 packs? i'm guessing they do if they have the 6 packs. i had been using peat pellets to start my heirloom tomatoes, peppers & pumpkins, but was finding they outgrow the pellets before the weather cooperates for planting in the garden. i used 4 & 6 packs this year. what a difference! stronger, healthier seedlings. i'm a convert!

ok. i'm familiar with Nine Mile Point Rd. thanks! lee
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wowfed wrote:

Wait til it cools down to 45 F.
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It's probably already 45F at night... the 80F warm spell is very temporary. By the time it's 45F during the day the ground will begin to freeze at night. If the local nursery centers are selling bulbs now then now is the time to plant. Btw, iris doesn't grow from bulbs, they grow from corms.... get iris in right away.
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No, actually, it's been in the 60's.

Yes, it is October, but...

Not hardly.

No they don't, Sheldon, most grow from rhizomes, although some from drier climates do come from bulbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(plant)
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Not yet it's not that cold at night. It takes a number of hours with temperatures below 27 degrees for the soil to freeze. Local nursery and garden centers are making money, not sense. Now is okay to plant bulbs if they are narcissis, tulips, daffodils, or hyacinth. They may sprout if weather stays warm, but this rarely harms the bloom cycle as the moment it freezes the foliage shrivels and dies.
Iris are rhizomes, not corms. Gladiola's are corms.
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