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« on: December 13, 2007 12:53:55 PM »

I need some help concerning bulbs.  I recently supported my local jr. high band by purchasing from a fundraiser, I bought a 50 pack of bulbs including crocus, allium, lilies and tulips. The problem is they came late and the day they came the temps dropped to 10 F and not gotten any warmer than 20 and there is 4 inches of snow on the ground.   Do I go ahead and plant them now, wait to plant them or can they be "forced" inside?  I have not forced bulbs before but seen it in magazines and it looks fun! any advice is welcome! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008 12:32:19 PM »

lilies you can get away with planting as soon as the ground is workable, you might not get the greatest flower show. The others I am not sure. I stumbled on this link though http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/frederick/2001/planting_spring_bulbs.htm the person says they planted in January and the bulbs were fine.
I hope you get your answers. Remember Well drained soil!
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2008 12:55:25 PM »

thank you so much for the link and the advice, right now I would have to chip through about 4 inches of hard snow and ice to get to the ground, I think I am going to try to force them inside if I get the time and energy Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2008 12:25:00 AM »

Sounds like it's worth a shot. Good luck. I haven't done much with bulbs myself. Lilies are my favorite flower but I worry some how I would destroy bulbs or my dogs will fallow behind me dig them up and chew on them (and as you know, bulbs are not cheap) and I would be so disappointed. I bought some Freesias that go in the ground this month for my zone. They were at Sam's Club, like 120 bulbs for $10 or $15. Figure at the amount and the price it's good to give a go to. Testing my dogs and other pests out on these first, plus I loved the colors in the pack. I mostly stick with seeds and cuttings right now.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008 10:27:54 PM »

I know it's a bit late to add this now, but since I am the world's most experienced procrastinator  Grin ......  I've found packets of bulbs that I've put off planting until the ground is solid like concrete.  I have used an old patio pot (that I failed to clean out in the fall), brought it into the house to thaw, cleaned out all last year's dead things, and planted the bulbs in there and put it back outside.  The bulbs always seem to grow just fine, then when the flowering is done, they get moved into the garden.  I did it again this year....planted the allium, tulips and scilla in a pot in January.  They're starting to break the soil now, so it should be ok.  Not really much help now for you but when we all put it off again in the fall, it is an option.
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