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RE: 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.


> [Original Message]
> From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> 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
> 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 <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> >
> > 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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