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RE: chilling bulbs

Hmmmm, interesting I know alot of people who chill their bulbs in the
fridge- but these are also people who don't expect them to bloom but one
year and then (gasp)toss them  In fact, I found out yesterday that my
officemate does this every year.  I made her promise to give them to me this
year after she's done watching them bloom!

So,  I guess I'll plant them all somewhere or another- I can always move
them again in spring after they die back I suppose.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Marge Talt
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 10:41 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] chilling bulbs

I may be wrong here, as I've never tried to store bulbs in a home
fridge, but think I recall reading somewhere that this is not really
a good thing to do.  You'd be better off potting them up and putting
them in a place just about freezing or above for winter...or plunging
the pots outside (best thing to do).  Then, in spring, you can just
plant the pots out as a group of bulbs into their permanent home.
Most spring flowering bulbs are building roots all winter and start
growing long before they surface, so need the time to do this, which
is why they are planted in the fall.

I dug up a bunch of crocus in one of my wooden half barrels in early
Nov. and found they had new root growth about 2" long....just stuck
them back in the soil...but that goes to show what they're busy doing
underground when we think it's too cold to do anything.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> How long can you leave bulbs in the refrigerator?  I have lost my
> picking out bulbs from Brent and Becky's and know I'll never get
them all
> planted with winter- so can I leave them in the fridge until next
spring and
> plan them then?
> Theresa

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