Preparing Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Trabuco Canyon, CA
Avatar for shart1
Question by shart1
September 25, 1998
I've just purchased a bunch of bulbs and read that I should refrigerate them for about 6-8 weeks and then plant them. Is this correct? How should I store them in the fridge? When I plant them should I fertilize them then or wait until spring when they start to grow? Will they start to grow right after I plant in November?

Answer from NGA
September 25, 1998
Bulbs need a winter chill to prepare them for spring bloom. Since you don't normally have a pronounced winter, placing your bulbs in the refrigerator will trick them into thinking they've experienced winter. After taking them out of cold storage, plant them in the ground (November). The roots will develop after you've planted them (it takes 8-10 weeks for root development). Once the bulb has developed roots, it will produce foliage. Two or three weeks later it will bloom.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Zoia and is called "Flag Iris"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.