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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 18, 2018

Q. when to plant

There have been several delays in getting my plants in the ground. Is it too late. The ground is not frozen and there will be about 4 days of 40+ degree weather in the next few days. I live in Dayton, Ohio, the date today is 12/17/2017. I have bulbs as well as root plants. Please help me save these plants !!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 18, 2018
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This depends on what the plants are, specifically. Some plants will rather wait until spring while others will prefer to be set out in the cold. Tulips and flowering garlic/onion are among the many that prefer a winter planting. If you can include some of the varieties, I will be more than happy to help you further. This article may help some in the meantime: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/gardening-by-zone/zone-6/winter-flowers-for-zone-6.htm

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Asked by
judithcassidy103 on
January 14, 2019
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Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 14, 2019
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Spring bulbs will, generally, want to be started outside in the cold. This helps them to break dormancy. You can start them inside but they may be slow to sprout, or not sprout at all.

Can you include the types of bulbs? This can help me to know which can be started outdoors, and which indoors.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 29, 2019

Q. Bulbs in pots

Do I water bulbs in winter that have been planted in pots? They are on a screened-in deck.
Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 29, 2019
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Just check occasionally to make sure the soil has not completely dried out. If you see large cracks in the soil or the soil pulls away from the sides of the pot; add a small amount of moisture.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 7, 2019

Q. Dutch spring bulbs

I have too many little spring blooming bulbs and would like to sell some. How do I prepare them to go dormant and store them for fall planting?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 7, 2019
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Asked by
Lagloria on
May 8, 2019
Sun city arizona

Q. Cutting bloom after it’s died

My bulb had just bloomed then blooms died. The stem was still green along with the green leaves of course. I cut the top of the stem off! Including the dead bloom and the seed pods attached to both blooms! I just feel terrible! What will happen now? Did I kill it?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 8, 2019
Certified Expert
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Nope. This is usually what you will do for flowering bulbs. Let the leaves die off naturally, and completely before you cut them. Then you will put the bulb into dormancy.

This article will help you to put them into dormancy, until fall, when most bulbs are planted: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm

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Asked by
Pamipompom on
August 17, 2019
Orangeville Ontario Canada

Q. How do I store bulbs indoors for winter?

I have 2 Sun Star bulbs. I want to keep them indoors for the winter to replant in spring. Do I have to keep them in soul or a brown
Paper bag?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 19, 2019
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Asked by
cdorellana on
September 27, 2019
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Q. I have a bunch of old bulbs that have not been planted in years. Will they still bloom if planted?

I have a variety of bulbs that were purchased and stored in a shed for about 5 years. Can they still be planted?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 28, 2019
Certified Expert
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If they were stored in a cool, dry location free from frost and heat, bulbs can be stored for years. If your bulbs are still firm and don't look moldy or feel soft, I would go ahead and plant them and see if they come up. However, the older the bulb is, it decreases in quality.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/flower-bulb-shelf-life.htm

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