Forcing Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Redwood City, Ca
Question by bwyche36
September 3, 2009
Hello Gardener, I have recently purchased a bag of Tulips and Crocus bulbs. I live in Northern California 30 miles south of San Francisco. I would like to know how long should I store the bulbs in the refrigerator before planting them in a container? I would like to force the plants to grow in a container indoors by early Spring.


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Answer from NGA
September 3, 2009

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Since you live in a mild winter climate you can provide the bulbs with their required chill by placing them in the refrigerator for 6-10 weeks, then planting them outdoors. For those you'd like to force, chill them as above and then plant them in containers. I like to take only a few of the bulbs out of the refrigerator at one time and plant them in containers. Take more out at 2 week intervals and plant them in containers. You should have a continuous supply of flowers all winter long. The bulbs take about 3 weeks to flower. Enjoy your garden.

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