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Tulips and crocus bulbs

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by "M", Dec 30, 2017.

  1. "M"

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    Father Christmas, very kindly, popped some tulip and crocus bulbs into my stocking this year. So:-
    • is it too late to plant them?
    • if it is, how best to "store" them for next year?
    Thank you.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Plant them @"M" asap.
    They won't keep till next year.
    Still time.:smile:
     
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      Thank you @pete ... guess what I will be doing tomorrow? :heehee:
       
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        What a lovely gift @"M". If you lived up here Father Christmas would also have had to bring you one of these to get them in the ground!

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          " M " , Just a thought but I would pot them up and keep them somewhere cool indoors. This is because if they've been kept in the warm for a good amount of time ( probably packed around July/August ) they may be too used to it snd with the ground being so damp they may rot before they have the chance to root, plus the cold ( if it is where you are ) may be too much of a shock for them.
           
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            Aha! That'll save me getting soaked to the bone trying to plant them outside today :heehee:

            If I plant them in a pot and keep them in a cool spot indoors, do I then gradually "acclimatise" them to the outside? Or, leave them until budding and then put them outside? :scratch:
             
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            Either, it's up to you.
            Crocuses are grown a lot for indoors, then they"re planted out after the flowers have finished, I usually grow them on my kitchen window then when the leaves are starting to die off plant them out for next year.

            I think with the Tulips it depends on the type as some are a little tall to be kept indoors in pots. Do you know the name of them ? If they're a shorter species/cultivar you can do the same with those.
             

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