Getting A Late Start With Spring Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Roanoke, VA
Question by rgt2bear
January 6, 2001
I had purchased a variety of bulbs last fall to plant for spring. Then it looked like we would be moving so I did not plant. Now we have not moved but might in the summer. Is there a way that I can still plant these bulbs in containers and put into the ground and still have them bloom for the spring? I have Snow Crocus, Peacock Tulips, Grape Hyacinth and Daffodils. I really wish this could be done, but I am afraid that I am out of time. Please Help??
They are still in the box that you shipped to me in. And look healthy.

Answer from NGA
January 6, 2001


It is very late to be planting bulbs, but since they will not keep until next year you really have nothing to lose by trying. You might plant them in containers and set them in a cool location to chill and begin rooting. The ground may be too frozen to dig, so you may have to be creative in where you set the pots; if you end up setting them outside make sure the pots are insulated from extreme cold. GOod luck with the bulbs!

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