Bulb Care

Is It Too Late To Plant Bulbs?

Zone 94558 | Olddog added on December 16, 2019 | Answered

I have a bunch of fall bulbs that I never got in the ground. I live in northern California, should I plant them or try to keep them until next year. If I keep them how should I store them?

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Answered on December 17, 2019

Most fall bulbs can be planted anytime before the ground freezes. In zone 9, you probably don't experience ground freezing. You don't say what kind of bulbs you have but some, like tulips and daffodils, need a chilling period to produce blooms. Even zone 6 is not consistently cold enough for tulips and they are treated as annuals. I would go ahead and plant what you have. December is not too late.




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