The Q&A Archives: Tulip bulbs found

Question: I live in northern MA, and I just found a bag of tulip bulbs I forgot about last fall. Is it possible for me to start them indoors now and transplant them into soil when the frosts are over? They've been in a cool dark place all winter long.

Answer: Tulips need to be planted in the fall so that they can undergo 12 to 14 weeks of chilling temperatures before they will come up and bloom. During this time they develop a healthy root system. It is unlikely that they will be in good enough condition now to be viable and it is also too late to plant them outdoors, so it is probably better to just throw them away. It is nearly impossible to store tulips over a full year. Wish I had better news for you!

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