The Q&A Archives: Bulb Replanting

Question: I missed the time to plant tulips and crocus' outside. Can I start them inside and transplant them outside after they have started blooming? I really want them to bloom this year.

Answer: You could try to force the bulbs by starting them in pots and placing them in a cool location for the required chilling time. Tulips need three to four months, crocus somewhat less. Check the bulbs periodically to make sure the soil is still slightly moist and to look for roots coming through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Once rooted, the pots can be brought into a cool bright location for growth. After they have bloomed, you may transplant them into the garden.

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