Bulbs forum: Fall bulbs, already on the shelves!

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 19, 2014 5:49 AM CST
I got an email from ADR saying the bulb harvest/drying in Holland was completed early this year, and apparently that is true- saw bags of bulbs at Lowes yesterday. Last year it was the end of September before I started seeing them hit the shelves (and my orders were later than usual arriving).

In years past, I've looked at box store bulbs with the "stink eye", having had too many experiences of mislabeled bulbs. I ended up picking up several bags of Tulips last year from various box stores, mostly from Lowes and a few from Walmart and the grocery, and to my surprise, all were labeled correctly!

Not a big variety to choose from, but good prices on the Impression Darwin Hybrid Tulips, 10 for 3.98, and Red Impression a bag of 60 for 19.98. Close to some of the better catalog prices I've seen, but with no shipping costs :-)
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 19, 2014 8:36 AM CST
They are not here yet.
An advantageous of buying local is that:--
you can inspect the bulbs and see what you are getting.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Aug 19, 2014 9:46 AM CST
Neal

I can't believe they're in stores already. Blinking

I wouldn't know how to keep them from going bad with these temps and then, to plant them later. It's suppose to get to 90 and 90+ for several days (at least) later in the week.

Too early and you know it's going to get hot in the stores too.

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Aug 19, 2014 12:26 PM CST
Marilyn, the good thing is tulips benefit from hot, dry storage, and other bulbs don't really seem to mind it. A lot of spring bulbs are native to environments where they receive summer baking in sharply drained, gravelly soil. The daffodils that I separated in late spring are in onion bags @ room temperature, where they'll remain till fall planting time. Any that I pick up in the mean time will join them.

Carolyn, you could certainly benefit from getting them early in your zone. They should be hitting the shelves there first!
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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Aug 19, 2014 9:40 PM CST
Neal

I was thinking they'd get soft and mushy before planting time.

You're right, they'd be ok.

They'd just need to have good air circulation.

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 19, 2014 11:49 PM CST
I have heard that if tulip bulbs are subjected to high temperatures,
they are more likely to divide into smaller bulbs when planted?
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 20, 2014 5:25 AM CST
Tulips split into smaller bulbs regardless, that's normal, but that's after they bloom when that happens.

This is such strange weather for August, I'm already seeing Muscari foliage sprouting, Poppies putting up fall leaves, hardy Cyclamen sprouting, and ran into a Daffodil bulb while digging that is already rooting. Hope this doesn't mean winter is coming early!
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 25, 2014 5:02 PM CST
Gee, I could wish winter is coming early here but certainly not for points north of me. You guys had a rough winter, a weird summer & I am sure you wish the weather would just get back to normal. But what you said Neal, makes me wonder too. My daylilys are looking suddenly like they are preparing for winter; something that did not happen this early last year.
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Cinta
Aug 25, 2014 8:23 PM CST
Not here yet either. I usually pick them up at Lowes for 75% off in Oct. I wonder sometime why they even sell them. It seems like they have such a large selection left over.

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