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Is it too late for planting bulbs?

Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 South West Posts: 256
I had planned to plant some daffodil and narsisus bulbs I was given back in the autumn but due to ill health I didn't get to put them in the ground. Do you think I could still  plant them out or put them in pots. Do you think they'll still flower even if it's a bit later in the spring? 
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  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,181
    Get them planted otherwise it will be to late, they flower later than normal. If the bulb soft bin it. 
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    Bagpuss57 said:
    I had planned to plant some daffodil and narsisus bulbs I was given back in the autumn but due to ill health I didn't get to put them in the ground. Do you think I could still  plant them out or put them in pots. Do you think they'll still flower even if it's a bit later in the spring? 
    I will be too. Shouldbe ok
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    I know of a group of people who plant tulip bulbs on Christmas day as a little ritual. Why not plant your bulbs and see what happens? Next year, plant them in Autumn, but really, I would just have a go.
    SW Scotland
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,601
    I bought 9 bags x15 allium purple sensation yesterday. I'll be planting them tomorrow before I go on holiday .
    Devon.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,441
    Tulips are fine planted now but daffodils prefer to be planted earlier than this. However they should be OK if the bulbs are firm and not mouldy. They will just flower later. Or may flower the following year instead. I planted some Thalia daffodils late a couple of years ago, a few flowered but I had a good show the following year.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,862
    Last year I planted some bulbs that had been lifted the previous summer. I forgot about them and found them after xmas. A few had gone soft and were thrown out. Most of the rest had roots and shoots growing. I planted them in a trench in the veg patch in late January. They still grew and flowered, although later than usual. A bulb is a powerhouse of energy and the flower is already in there. Stick them in the ground as soon as you are able. If the ground is frozen, plant them in pots of compost.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,987
    Garden Which did a trial on this & as others have said Tulips should be fine. The trial showed that other bulbs may flower later & for a shorter time than if they had been planted at the right time but you should still get something. May as well give it a go rather than leaving them in the bags to dry out / rot. 
    AB Still learning

  • I traditionally plant them late as I never have the time to get them in early. I can tell you they all flowered their socks of and as they were late, I had a longer show that previous years. As pointed out above, as long as their firm, they will be fine.

    This year I have managed to get all 500 bulbs in early but I did come across another 60 tulips and 100 daffs that I missed so put these in two days ago :*
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,601
    125 alliums planted to day
    Devon.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    edited December 2018
    Well done Hosta. Happy New Year and enjoy your holiday. And you Batwood.
    SW Scotland
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