The Q&A Archives: planting bulbs in Illinois

Question: I live in Illinois. I purchased tulip and daffodil bulbs last fall with good intentions on planting them. I never got them done. They are still in my outbuilding which is kept heated to a min of 55 throughout the winter. What can I do to save them? Do I plant them in the spring or should I put them in the freezer for a while and then plant them in the spring? Thank you in advance!

Answer: Bulbs need to be in the ground over the winter months so they can develop their roots and be ready to grow in the early spring. If you cannot plant them in the ground now, plant them in containers and set the containers outdoors so they can bask in the winter weather. Depending upon varieties, most bulbs need 12-18 weeks of cold weather. So, it's not too late for you to plant - either in the ground or in containers. If you don't plant your bulbs soon they will die so don't wait until spring!

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