Planting Bulbs Late - Knowledgebase Question

Pasadena, CA
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Question by Judith_Garry
February 15, 2001
Is it possible to plant bulbs (tulips, daffodils, etc. this late in the season? If it is too late, how can I take proper care of the bulbs that did not get into the ground in November.

Answer from NGA
February 15, 2001
. Join the crowd! Unfortunately too often we gardeners have grand plans that somehow forget to figure in TIME!
Of course it's best if you plant them in the fall, but you can try planting them now. Remember you will not get any blooms this year (unless you're into miracles!) but come next spring, you may get flowers. Don't cut off their foliage when it comes up. The bulbs will need the nutrition those leaves will send to them. If you wait until fall, the bulbs may rot or mold before you can plant them. It's a little tricky to hold over bulbs.

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