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Old 12-08-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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I have some tulip bulbs and perennials in pots that I didn't get into the ground this year. How can I keep them over the winter and what should I do with them in the spring? Location: cold northern New England. The ground will be workable around May 1.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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You can put them in pots with dirt and put them in the fridge. AKA force them for use indoors. Then you can plant them outside once the ground has thawed. You can find instructions for forcing bulbs online. Fine Gardening magazine had a good article recently with instructions, and I believe it is on their website finegardening.com
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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You can put them in pots with dirt and put them in the fridge. AKA force them for use indoors. Then you can plant them outside once the ground has thawed. You can find instructions for forcing bulbs online. Fine Gardening magazine had a good article recently with instructions, and I believe it is on their website finegardening.com
People actually have room in the refrigerator for pots of dirt? How about the cellar? It's about 45 to 50 degrees down there.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:03 PM
 
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People actually have room in the refrigerator for pots of dirt? How about the cellar? It's about 45 to 50 degrees down there.
I do. If you read some of the online instructions you can also store them in a paper bag, but you have to make sure to check them. The temp may need to be below 45 degrees for some bulbs.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:36 PM
 
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Paper bag in the cold garage.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:44 PM
 
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I used to do this with crocuses every year for Christmas presents when I lived in WA. I'd put them in the garage. Then bring them inside to get them to bloom.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:34 AM
 
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I always put tulip bulbs under the ground in december why you worry?
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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If the pots were large enough, I wonder if they could go straight outside?
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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I always put tulip bulbs under the ground in december why you worry?
Because the ground is frozen solid.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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Thanks very much for your replies. I'm not sure whether the advice above applies to bulbs or to perennials. I have both. Can anyone explain the difference in strategy for those?
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