fall bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by raemayes
March 10, 2010
I bought some tulips and other bulbs that were suppose to be planted last fall and got sick an wasn't able to plant them. If I plant them now what will happen?


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Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010

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Your bulbs were all primed to grow and flower this spring but since you've missed the opportunity to plant them, I'd toss them and replace them with new bulbs this fall. Most bulbs need 12-16 weeks of cold temperatures in order to develop roots. After the roots develop, the bulbs send out flowers and foliage. Yours have not had the cold treatment or the opportunity to develop roots. Without roots the bulbs might sprout if planted, but they will quickly run out of energy and won't survive. I'd just toss them and start anew this fall.

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