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Are dry tubers still ok to plant?

SarSpudSarSpud Posts: 46
Hi, I bought a load of bulbs/tubers last year and never got around the planting them so they’ve been in a bag in the shed. Things like dahlia, phlox and gladioli. Are they still going to grow or have they been dry too long?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,769
    When you say ‘last year’ what do you mean?  

    This time last year ... or last autumn?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • SarSpudSarSpud Posts: 46
    This time last year. They’re the dry packs of tubery flowers you get in the garden centre.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,769
    Chuck them ... they’ll be long dead.  :'(
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,307
    I'd agree - very unlikely any would be viable. They can't survive being left dry for that length of time.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • SarSpudSarSpud Posts: 46
    Ok thanks both. That teaches me for leaving them! ☹️
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063
    I agree, but having said that... if it was me I'd give them a squeeze and if they were hard not squishy and not mouldy, I'd shove them in a pot and see what happens. Nothing to lose. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,179
    I agree with LG - if they're not soft or mouldy or completely dried up and wrinkly, stick them in pots and give them a chance.  I think the phlox would be the most doubtful (they would have been bare-root plants, not bulbs/tubers)
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929
    My bulbs I have just planted after buying this  time last year, they were dry so had  placed in  I

    a jug of water overnight. They were definitely better  for it
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    i'd chuck them in a bucket of luke warm water overnight and see if they show signs of swelling back up. if they do plant them, you've got nothing to loose
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