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Forgotten bulbs

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January 19, 2013 — Spring bulbs didn’t make it into the ground last fall? Those neglected tulips, daffs, and croci can successfully bloom. Mike McGrath tells you how. And, as always, Mike answers listeners’ garden questions and quandaries.

Questions of the Week

Help! I bought 100 daffodil bulbs, but only got 60 planted. What do I do (besides not ordering so many bulbs NEXT year)? Can I save the remaining 40 bulbs? If I plant them outdoors in early Spring, will they will bloom later that spring? Do I store them in a refrigerator in the meantime? Get the answer ยป

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  • Julie

    This past fall was my first year in suburbia and I was only able to plant about half the bulbs I bought (tulips). They have been sitting in the packaging in a detached & cold garage all winter — should I try to plant them since they’ve experienced similar temperatures to those experienced by their in-ground siblings?

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Julie — Mike McGrath reviewed your dilemma and passed along this recommendation: “Yes, you should try and plant them outside; you really have no other options….”

  • Carol Flynn

    Do you really need to dig up daffodils each spring? What do you fertilize them with?

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Carol — I passed your question along to Mike and he responded: “Only if you want to plant something overtop of them; and compost.” Hope this is helpful, thanks for listening!

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