bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Center Moriches, Ne
Question by valerieledwi
April 8, 2010
Bought bulbs this spring at HD. They were to be planted in the fall. Can I put them in the fridge to get them to bloom this year? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010


Spring blooming bulbs need 14-16 weeks of cold treatment before they will bloom and that's why they are planted outdoors in the fall. If you recently purchased them, perhaps they are summer blooming bulbs and should be planted now? You didn't list the names of the bulbs so I can't tell you for sure. If they are spring bloomers, they can be forced to bloom out of season by giving them a cold treatment in your refrigerator. If they are summer blooming bulbs, they wont' need a cold treatment but can go into the ground now for growth later this spring.

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