About my unplanted spring blooming bulbs... - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa Park, Ne
Question by ndpettit46
March 26, 2010
I have several hyacinth,lily of the valley, and daffodil bulbs,from early last fall, still in the garage.I planted some, but didn't get to plant the others. Can I still plant them or do I have to refrigerate them until next fall? I live on Long Island. I hate to see all these lovely bulbs go to waste.

Answer from NGA
March 26, 2010


You may have already missed the opportunity for planting your bulbs. Spring flowering bulbs are planted in the fall because they require 12-16 weeks of cold weather in which to develop roots. Once the roots develop the bulbs flower and develop foliage. The foliage should be allowed to ripen and die down naturally because it is busy manufacturing and transporting energy back to the bulb for the following year's floral display. If you plant your bulbs now they will sprout but not develop roots. When the bulbs run out of energy growth will stop and the bulbs will die. Without roots they cannot take up water and nutrients. Wish I had better news for you!

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