Top Questions About Bulb Care

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Questions About Bulb Care

Asked by
olsoncl on
December 24, 2010

Q. I live in Saskacthewan and just bought a bunch of assorted bulbs.

Can these bulbs be stored in a location where they will freeze?

Answered by
Heather on
December 26, 2010
Certified Expert
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Assuming they are spring hardy bulbs, they can take some higher freezing temperature (in the 30Fs and very upper 20Fs), but I would not place them somewhere where they will get low freezing temps and I would not place them where they would get long periods of any freezing. An attached garage will work and many people store their bulbs in their vegetable drawer in their fridge for the winter too. The fridge is cold enough for their blooming cycle but is safe from damaging them.

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Asked by
stevsmith on
January 7, 2011

Q. Storing Bulbs in North Florida

I purchased several boxes of dutch bulbs while in Amsterdam in Decembr. I live in North Florida so it can get warm before spring. How do I store the bulbs until spring to keep them from starting too early.

Answered by
Heather on
January 9, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can store them in the vegetable drawer of a fridge. This will help keep them from rotting and will also keep them cool enough to keep them from sprouting before you are ready to put them out.

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Asked by
pjparrothead on
March 8, 2011

Q. Can I dig up bulbs that have already sprouted and still save them?

I purchased a home in December, it is now March. Across the front of the home, bulbs are sprouting, I am not sure what they are though. We are getting ready to build a deck and the bulbs will have to go. Can I still save them if I dig them up now, or are they done for?

I live on the Washington State Coast (in case that matters. )

Answered by
Nikki on
March 9, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can dig them up and store them. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/how-to-store-bulbs-that-have-sprouted.htm

Alternatively, you could replant them in another location.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 16, 2011

Q. Squirrels in Flower Beds

We have several squirrels in our neighborhood and they dig up my bulbs and eat plants as they come out of the ground. They also eat the patio tomato plants. Would it do any good to sprinkle hot pepper around the bulbs and plants? Will it damage the plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Hot pepper is a great way to keep these pests away and it will not harm your plants. Here is some other suggestions:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/get-rid-squirrels.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 20, 2011

Q. Summer Storage of Spring Bulbs

Last fall I planted about 60 spring-blooming bulbs in containers. Can I leave the bulbs in the containers for the summer? I can set them in the shade. How often should I water them? Gets hot here. Your advice is needed!

Answered by
Nikki on
March 20, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can leave them in containers for the summer. I would not place them in the shade until after their foliage dies back though. They need the sun to make buds for next year. Water them once every 1-3 days, depending on how quickly the soil dries out.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 28, 2011

Q. Bulbs Left in Saturated Compost

I planted a variety of bulbs in pots in late November early December, and I left them outside. The rain saturated the pots, as there were no drainage holes in the pots. I took them in the garage in the hopes that over a few weeks the pots and compost would dry out. This has not happened and the pots are still sodden. I have not tampered with them at all, but I would like to know if the bulbs would have rotted or shall I take them out of the saturated compost and start again. I will need to make sure the pots have drainage holes in them. Is it now too late to plant these bulbs again if I have managed to rescue them? What do you suggest I do? I have aboutĀ four pots planted with bulbs in total, which I hope I have not ruined (P. S.the compost has started to smell!).

Answered by
Nikki on
March 29, 2011
Certified Expert
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If the bulbs are still firm, they are still alive. I would recommend replanting them in new potting soil/compost if they are still alive.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 15, 2011

Q. Year Old Bulbs

We have some bulbs that were purchased last spring but never planted. Would these bulbs be good after all this time?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 16, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

You could go ahead and plant them now, but keep in mind that they probably won't bloom until next season. You can also keep them stored until fall (spring) and plant them then. If you will be storing them, wrap them in newspaper to store in the garage.

The following articles should be of some help to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/is-it-too-late-to-plant-bulbs-when-to-plant-bulbs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm

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