The Q&A Archives: Late Bulbs

Question: can I plant hyacynths in November in Vermont?

Answer: You can plant them as long as the soil is not too frozen to dig the hole for them. You might try a heavy layer of mulch over the spot where you plan to plant to try to insulate it in the meantime. You can also excavate a generous hole, save the soil on a tarp in a garage or other non-freezing location, then plant the bulbs when they become available and cover them with the reserved soil. Another possibility would be to plant them in a large container and keep that in a cold location (cold but above freezing) so that they receive the chilling they need, then set the container outside as the weather moderates in the spring so they can bloom with the season. Enjoy your hyacinths!

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