Planting "spring" Bulbs In Spring - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Lisa Cloninger
Boise, ID
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Question by lisaclown
April 2, 2001
I had bought lots of spring bulbs, mainly tulip and daffodil bulbs on clearance and didn't get them in the ground. It's spring now, and I'm wonding if I can still plant them. IF they do come up later this year, how do I care for them? Will they be affected by the late planting next Spring, or will they snap out of it? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
April 2, 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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