SE Iowa, zone 5
Last fall we purchased a couple of hundred tulip bulbs simply because
they were on sale at Menards or somewhere similar. As happens many years
we never got around to getting them planted last fall. They are all
still in bags in our shop (about 50 degrees F) and some are starting to
Can we save them by doing any of the following?
1.) Simply plant them as is in VERY early spring.
2.) Stick them in our deep freeze until spring and then plant.
3.) Bury them outside under some mulch and then plant in spring.
Anyway suggestions would be welcome.
bulbs bought at hardware stores have a really bad track record for even coming up
much less blooming. I would take a selection and try planting them now and see
they come up and bloom indoors. if your test does, then go ahead and plant the
I don't find that to be true. I am one of those people that pick up a
lot of "close out" bulbs every year (no matter who is selling them).
I've never had a problem with them not blooming. Usually, around
Thanksgiving, stores here have them for 75 percent off, and, around
here, that is a good time to plant them.
I agree. Plant them as soon as you can or bury them under some mulch
now if the ground is frozen. And just so that you know, you NEVER want
to freeze bulbs. Tulips need to be cooled for about 12 weeks but they
should never be stored below 35 degrees. Storing them at 50 degrees may
be good enough to get them to bloom this season.
I would say plant them ASAP and add a couple of inches of mulch but
don't expect any decent blooms -- or any blooms at all -- from the
survivors during the first season. Definitely don't put them in the
deepfreeze. The worst that will happen is that the bulbs won't develop
at all and in that case you will have added some expensive organic
material to your bed and will have learned a lesson.
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