Unplanted Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Karen Creasy
Bartlett, TN
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Question by creasy500
February 7, 2001
I didn't get to plant a large number of tulips & daffodils this year. they are still in good condition & have been stored in the garage. Any way to keep from wasting them?

Answer from NGA
February 7, 2001
I'd get them in the ground immediately! The bulbs are all primed and ready to grow this year and if you try to save them for planting later, they'll shrivel up and die. Plant them now and they should grow and flower for you. If the blooms are retarded or do not develop, leave the bulbs in the ground until the foliage dies back naturally (leaves store energy in the bulb for the next year's bloom). Then either dig and store in a cool, dark place and replant in the fall, or leave them in the ground all year around. Good luck with your bulbs!

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