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Ashland, Oregon
Sep 29, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I bought peacock orchid bulbs on sale in May and because of a number of fiascos I won't go into here they are still in my refrigerator, never planted. It is now October in Oregon, USDA zone 8a. Should I plant them now or keep them in the refrigerator until the beginning of March (or so)? Or plant them in pots indoors, and if so, when?
Name: Elaine
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Sep 29, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Hi and welcome. Your peacock orchid bulbs want to grow in sun and very warm weather. They're tender bulbs, and won't survive winter if there is prolonged frost or freezing temperatures where you are.

You could try some of them in a pot to grow indoors, if you have a very sunny window to grow them in. But your best chance is probably to keep them until next spring, I think in Oregon it should be April before you plant them outdoors. Or whenever it's safe from freezing or frost, and the ground is warm.

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