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RE: chilling bulbs


Do you have a soil thermometer?  It's often colder below ground than above.
Here in Z5 winters, it's warmer below ground than above, especially if well
mulched.  Again, experience in your specific location will give you the right
answers.  If 8 weeks works  for you, that is YOUR benchmark.
Kitty

On Wed, 11 Dec 2002 20:24:08 -0800 Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I guess i was thinking of the amount of
> chilling our bulbs ever get here-
> doesn't seem like we are cold enoughfor 15-17
> weeks- but daffodils and
> tulips etc all rebloom here!
> 
> Theresa
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
> Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 8:33 PM
> To: Agardenchat
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs
> 
> 
> Those are bulb forcing times which are for
> bulbs in the fridge and for
> bulbs in pots buried outside.  They are
> ballpark figures.  If you think
> you'll be way short on time, don't spend too
> much money.  Again, the
> earlier bloomers like Narcissus 'Reijnveldt's
> Early Sensation' don't need
> as long, I believe I read once that that one
> can get by on 10-12 weeks.
> 
> Kitty
> 
> 
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Theresa- yahoo 
> > To: 
> > Date: 12/11/2002 11:01:01 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs
> >
> > it doesn't take that long if the bulbs are
> planted in the ground outside-
> am
> > I right?
> >
> > Theresa
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> > Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
> > Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 8:00 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs
> >
> >
> > Chilling times....
> >
> > Crocus         15 weeks
> > Narcissus      15-17
> > Fritillaries    15
> > Chionodoxa      15
> > Muscari         13-15
> > Hyacinthus      11-14
> > Puschkinia       15
> > Iris            15
> > Scilla         15
> > Galanthus         15
> > Tulip           14-20
> > Eranthis       15
> >
> > For a broad group like Narcissus, the
> varieties that bloom earliest
> > generally take the shorter cold period.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> >
> > > [Original Message]
> > > From: Theresa- yahoo 
> > > To: 
> > > Date: 12/11/2002 8:26:44 PM
> > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] 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.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Theresa
> > >
> > > -----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
> > > mtalt@hort.net
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> > > ----------
> > > > From: Theresa- yahoo 
> > > >
> > > > How long can you leave bulbs in the
> refrigerator?  I have lost my
> > > mind
> > > > 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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