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Q.I planted bulbs from a friend in an old bathtub. They were doing great when my dog jumped in and dug some of them up while breaki

Zone Asheville, NC 28804 | Anonymous added on September 6, 2020 | Answered

ng off the leaves. I took the damaged bulbs out of the ground, but I don’t know whether to put them in a cool place now or put them back in the dirt outside until the temperature starts to drop which should be in about a month…I am in Western North Carolina. I wanted to replant them outside in the spring, but didn’t know if the ones without leaves will survive or to try to force them for Christmas?

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Answered on September 7, 2020

I suspect they'll survive, but they may not be as prolific in the spring since they haven't had the opportunity to absorb nutrients from the leaves. I suggest putting them back where they were in the soil, and treat them the same as your other bulbs, whether you dig them up later to overwinter them, or leave them in the ground for the winter.

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