Bulbs forum: fall bulb planting question

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 18, 2012 12:43 PM CST
I bought some muscari and tulip bulbs and started to plant them last week, it was quite cool weather here then. Now for this week, our weather turned really warm, in the mid to high 80's. So I noticed the bulbs are waking up, and I think these are the muscari bulbs. Should I remove the bulbs to abort the waking up and will it recover? Our forecast next week will again cool down. Blinking
Name: Patti
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bbrookrd
Oct 18, 2012 4:40 PM CST
It is best to plant bulbs when the ground temp is below 60 degrees, but you are in zone 9b which is warm and I don't know what temp your ground is at bulb planting depth. I wait until Nov. to plant usually. I would leave them in the ground and hope for cool weather soon. However it is not uncommon to have bulbs start to send up foliage that breaks the ground if it gets warm in the fall or even in a winter thaw, and then when it gets cold again, they stop until spring. Muscari do send up fall foliage so that is normal, and they should flower for you in the spring. They are true troopers. Good luck Patti
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 18, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Thanks Patti Smiling I will delay the other bulbs...our weather going up and down crazy.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Oct 22, 2012 10:20 PM CST
Muscari grow leaves in the fall all the time. I live in zone 5 and mine have been up for weeks now. They always survive and thrive blooming and multiplying year after year. No need to worry about them. I have had tulips come up early in January thaws and as long as they don't get too far along they have always bloomed well. We had a really weird spring with temps in the 80's in March then after a month of that they dropped to the mid 20's. My early tulips had frost damage to the flowers but all bloomed and the later tulips showed no damage at all.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Oct 23, 2012 12:01 AM CST
Thanks Brian Smiling

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