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Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
Apr 29, 2018 7:52 AM CST
I was given a whole bunch of bulbs when they had finished flowering from a local supermarket.
I am assuming most of them are tulips and daffodils.
I am thinking that I should plant these bulbs out of the way somewhere.
Can I expect them to flower in a couple of years as all of the bulbs are from forced plants.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 29, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Hi Brian,

Essentially, forced bulbs bloom and then go into dormancy, missing the part where they spend the summer storing energy. The best you can do is store them, as you would store any spring flowering bulb, until its time to plant. Store them cool and dry - for me, that's in a paper bag in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator.

Forced bulbs don't perform well ever again. The tulips most likely won't flower at all. The daffodils have a chance but it may take a couple years. When you plant next fall, add some bulb food to help them along.

Good luck!
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Apr 29, 2018 9:51 AM CST
Excellent advice.
Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
Apr 29, 2018 10:51 AM CST
Thank you.

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