tulip bulb storage - Knowledgebase Question

camas, Wa
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Question by jpykonen
April 29, 2010
I have extra bulbs not planted this year, I know to store them in cool, dry place can a refrigerater be used?

Answer from NGA
April 29, 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 didn't plant your bulbs last fall, they will degrade, even if placed in a refrigerator. You can certainly try, but I'm not sure you'll have much success with them. Wish I had better news for you.

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