Re: late planting

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Posted by Newt on January 14, 2003 at 22:37:31:

In Reply to: late planting posted by new gardener on January 08, 2003 at 12:10:25:

: I waited too late to plant my daffodils and tulips. Can I keep them in an old fridge and plant them in the spring? or is all lost?


Hi New Gardener,

You don't say where you live, but if the ground is not frozen, go ahead and plant. I live in zone 7 and the ground thawed for a while. I was planting bulbs on New Year's Day! If the ground is frozen, you can keep them in the refrigerator but you can't keep any fresh fruit in there, especially apples and pears. The fruit will off gas and kill your bulbs. Once the soil thaws enough for you to dig, put them in the ground. They may bloom late or not at all, but should recover next year.

Another thing you can do is plant them in potting soil in pots, water and then cover with a couple of layers of newspaper. Then place in an unheated garage or shed. Check on them when the weather warms to make sure they aren't dried out. Water as necessary.
Good luck,
Newt

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