The Q&A Archives: Planting Tulips After The Thaw

Question: I was wondering how to go about planting some bulbs that have been sitting in my crisper in the refrigerator over the winter. My busy schedule prevented me from planting duties in the fall. They all seem to have liked it in there, almost all of them have very healthy looking long roots, and I'm just really not sure how to treat them before I plant them this spring? Will they bloom? Soak roots in water first?

Answer: Normally these would have been planted in pots and forced for earlier indoor bloom, or they would have been planted outside last fall. You can try planting them now. Prepare the soil soil well to the shallow end of their normal planting depth and do your best to spread the roots gently through it. Water them in well and cross your fingers. They may come up rather late, but it's worth a try.

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