bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jackiewsr
May 5, 2010
Bought some bulbs last fall didn't get time to plant. I know should plant in Sept.What happens if I plant now?? May


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Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010

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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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