The Q&A Archives: Unplanted Bulbs

Question: I didn't get to plant a large number of tulips & daffodils this year. they are still in good condition & have been stored in the garage. Any way to keep from wasting them?

Answer: I'd get them in the ground immediately! The bulbs are all primed and ready to grow this year and if you try to save them for planting later, they'll shrivel up and die. Plant them now and they should grow and flower for you. If the blooms are retarded or do not develop, leave the bulbs in the ground until the foliage dies back naturally (leaves store energy in the bulb for the next year's bloom). Then either dig and store in a cool, dark place and replant in the fall, or leave them in the ground all year around. Good luck with your bulbs!

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