The Q&A Archives: Late Planting of Daffodils or Tulips

Question: Can daffodills or tulips be planted in late January in this area with any success for this coming spring?

Answer: The answer to this is really one of "it depends" because there are a number of variables at work. If you already have the bulbs and they have been stored cool and dry and are in good condition, and the ground is not too frozen to dig, then it's probably worth a try. (The alternative being to throw the bulbs away.) Most bulbs need a chilling period in order to develop normally, and they also need time to root into the soil plus time to put up a stem and bloom before the weather turns blazing hot. If your bulbs were prechilled, odds of success are pretty good. If not, it may depend on the weather this spring. In either case they will bloom extra-late to make up for lost time last fall. Good luck with your bulbs!

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