Planting Tulips in Winter

Anonymous added on January 5, 2011 | Answered

I just found some tulip bulbs at a store. I live in NJ, and it is January and cold. Can I plant if I am able to dig and get the bulbs into the ground. If I can, should I protect them anyway? I read that I should keep them in the fridge for 6-8 weeks in a paper bag.  Do I plant after those 6-8 weeks? Will they bloom for spring getting them into the ground that late? What should I do, in the past I did tulips in November before the frost, but I want more to bloom this year and I found these beautiful colors just the other day and now it is winter.

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Answered on January 6, 2011

The ground is probably too frozen at this time to plant the bulbs, but you can, as you suggest, put them in the fridge (or a cold garage) and plant them in the spring as soon as you are able. They will bloom (eventually). Just place them in a paper bag if they are going in the fridge. They will need at least 6-8 weeks of cold, so if you start now, they should just be ready for the ground in spring.

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