What should I do with my unplanted bulbs?

I have about 200 spring bulbs that I wasn't able to plant in fall. Should I plant them inside now, save them until next fall, or throw them away?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

I'm sorry to say that you have few options. Planting them in spring is a waste of time. Depending on the type of bulbs, you could pot them and put the pots in a cool, dark location for 12-15 weeks to force them into bloom over the winter. An extra refrigerator is an ideal spot to give the potted bulbs their artificial winter. Avoid storing the bulbs with fruits and vegetables, because most produce ethylene gas, which can disfigure or abort the developing flowers in bulbs. Unlike seeds, bulbs are living plant parts that will dry out if left out of the soil too long. Next year, make sure you purchase or order bulbs so that they arrive in plenty of time to plant in fall. Bulbs should be planted 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes, so they have time to develop strong roots before they go into winter dormancy.

 


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