Bulb Care

Refrigerating Bulbs

Anonymous added on December 5, 2017 | Answered

In your article"Longevity Of Flowering Bulbs: Are My Bulbs Still Good?" ( https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/flower-bulb-shelf-life.htm ) you say: "Consider planting in a pot indoors if you cannot get the bulbs outside. Just be sure to provide adequate chilling time for fall bulbs." What is adequate chilling time? I am late planting my bulbs this year and I want to know if I have time to refrigerate them and then plant them in the early Spring in containers. I live in the Seattle area. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you, Eva Holman evaholman@fronter.com

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Answered on December 5, 2017

The proper chilling time depends on the type of bulb you have. For example, tulips need about 14-16 weeks of chilling, while hyacinths need about 11-14 weeks. You can look up the chilling time for whichever species you have.

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