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Late planted summer bulbs- what to do

Hi, we planted our bulbs really too late this summer (actually September) and only planted to keep them alive. Am I best digging them up and drying them out for storage now or overwintering in their planters in our cold conservatory? Advice appreciated. They are acidanthera, freesia, gladioli. The former two only just sprouted. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    They all need winter protection unless you live somewhere frost free.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,852
    I'd move them into the conservatory, if it's frost-free.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    It's also worth giving them a small feed while the foliage dies back, just to give them a boost for next year, and then let them just tick over, keeping them on the drier side, until they're ready to go out next year  :)
    Some gladioli can manage in the ground if you have the right conditions and climate, but otherwise, the conservatory will be ideal. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Brill, Thankyou for the advice 🤩👍👍👍
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