We bought a big bag of like 75 daffodil bulbs from Costco a couple of
I SHOULD have planted them then, but haven't had the time.
Is there a way I can store them and plant them next spring, so they won't
dry out or die?
Plant them now or regret it. When I lived in Alaska I occasionally
planted bulbs so late in the season that I had to shovel snow to get to
the ground and never once did I have a failure. This worked for lily,
daffodil, tulip, and hyacinth. If you leave the bulbs out of the ground
until next fall I really doubt that you would have any survivors.
I lost 50 last year. Didn't feel up to dealing with them late in the
preceding fall, so I gambled and stored them in the fridge the until the
They had a little mold on them, but otherwise didn't *look* too bad. My
daughter planted them for me where I had by now made room, and they went
in pretty easy because it was freshly tilled but still a lot of work.
Don't recommend it. Not a one came up the following spring, and when a
landscaper planted my roses for me, there they were, rotted.
This year I planned better to space the work out and planted over 200
bulbs, including daffs, just not so many. So I would advise to plant
them now. You might want to put an augur on a drill but the drill has
to have pretty good hp. Sometimes bulb planters work, but sometimes
they are tough to get deep enough. If there is sod and little moisture
in the soil, forget it. Till first if you can.
I don't envy you. It will probably be cold working now.
I had some conflicting work schedules and ended up with a 'seemed like a
good idea at the time' bag of 200 daffodil bulbs sitting on the back porch
right after Christmas. I was living in NW Montana at the time. I just
shoveled the snow off the ground, used a pick ax to break through the by
then frozen 4-6 inches of surface soil, not as difficult as it sounds, and
dug a nice twisty, wide, long trench about 8-10 inches deep. I believe I've
read some English garden books calling this style a "sweep or drift", more
pleasing than soldier rows IMO, faster too. Tossed in what bulb food I had,
mixed it up a bit, plunked the bulbs in, shoveled the soil back over them,
slapped it down with the shovel and scraped the snow back over the trench.
They not only came up in the spring they multiplied like nobody's business
as long as I lived there.
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