Freezing Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

South Haven, Mi
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Question by kndibble
November 21, 2008
I live in zone 5 where we are getting all of the recent lake effect snow. I have recently purchased many bulbs that I had planned on putting into the ground this week, however, now I have to wait for most of the snow to melt. In the mean time I have the flower bulbs (daffodils, grape hyanciths, and alliums of many varieties) stored in my shed (with no heat). Can cold hardy flower bulbs freeze before they are placed into the ground, or did I just ruin all of my flower bulbs?

Thanks for your help!

Answer from NGA
November 21, 2008
Bulbs are quite frost hardy so experiencing a freeze won't harm them, but continual freezing and thawing might. I'd brush or rake the snow away and get them into the ground as soon as possible where they will be protected from the freeze/thaw/warm temperature cycle that can damage them. Best wishes with your new bulbs!

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