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So a couple months ago I posted about ordering a lot of bulbs. A few tulips, a few more daffodils, and hundreds of blue squill.

Well, what with the project delays, Steve's achilles tendon injury, and the difficulty in hiring anyone who would make time for our project, they never got planted. (We couldn't even get people to finish seeding the grass; Steve ended up out there on his peg leg finishing the job, and got the last of the seed down just before the snow.) Obviously it is now too late.

So I am trying to decide what to do with these bulbs.

I don't know what the shelf life of bulbs is. Can I save them to plant next year?

I looked up what is involved in forcing bulbs and frankly it looks like more than I am prepared to do, not to mention that I didn't choose the right kinds.

My other idea is to just throw them out into the yard, on top of the snow. The deer and rabbits will eat the tulips. The daffodils are less tasty but I still doubt they'll grow. But perhaps some of the blue squill will make it; those bulbs are tiny and don't need to be planted very deep. My hope is that they'll drop down through the snow, into the bed of straw that covers the grass seed, and some will take root. And if any make it, they will spread. It's more hopeful than just pitching them would be.

Anyone have an opinion on this?

Date: 2016-12-20 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
Plant them in the spring.


Date: 2016-12-21 04:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-12-22 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-rigger.livejournal.com
"Maybe tulips and daffodils are different. Nothing to lose by trying it to see."

Irises (irises? irii? Whatever...) are a different breed than Daffys and 2pacs... Not nearly as easy to germinate, and they do require the wintering-over to sprout... Not to mention planting them correct-side-up—yes, it really matters with irii.

I've found them to be a major PITA to grow, but when they do let go, it's worth it. Truly some stunning blossoms.

I think this year if I stay home I'm going to go huge into Tiger Lillys... Lillies... Whatever.

Date: 2016-12-21 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motomuffin.livejournal.com
They will keep, something like (better than) potatoes. A cool, dry place like your basement is the best spot. You'll lose maybe 10% of them but no big deal. :-)

Date: 2016-12-21 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-rigger.livejournal.com
I doubt she'd lose that many... Fresh bulbs? More like 5-6% tops.


Date: 2016-12-21 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-rigger.livejournal.com
"I don't know what the shelf life of bulbs is. Can I save them to plant next year?"

Oh Hell Yes; very much so.
My grandparents & Weird Uncle Otto up in Ravenna had bulbs stashed away in the root cellar every winter that I can remember, and Grandpa put 'em in every spring... Mainly because he forgot to every fall. They had a bumper crop of daffodils & tulips every year—they had a garden occupying a full city lot that was 2/3rds vegetables and 1/3rd flowers.

The Squill looks to be self-sowing and deer-resistant but I'll bet the squirrels would decimate your bulbs if you just scattered them in/on the snow. I don't know much about early-lilly crops such as these... Related to crocuses?

(save 'em)

Date: 2016-12-22 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-rigger.livejournal.com
It was a typical Michigan basement in a Turn-of-the-20th-Century fuel-oil heated house... Probably didn't get warmer than the mid-fifties down there. I don't know that temperature is as critical as moisture content; they like dryness more than chilliness, from all I've seen. I think as long as there's no danger of a hard freeze or sudden rainstorm in your garage, they'll be fine in there.

Edited Date: 2016-12-22 07:21 pm (UTC)


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