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Mild weather conditions have kicked my spring bulbs into overdrive and alot of my bulbs are starting to shoot. I have held off planting any more into the ground until November but I have a ton of bulbs to plant outside. Can I plant my containers up ready for spring now if I store them in a cooler and darker environment like the garage? I plan to move them to the front of the house when it is considerably cooler like December time. I have been given 15 cyclamen hederafolium can I plant these now to grow for basket display or will I they keep until next year? What is the best thing to do with the already sprouting bulbs? it is mainly Irises and iris reticula that are showing shoots but some of my rockery tulips are trying to show also. Thanks for your advice in advance From the novice gardener dahlialily22


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    Sprouting bulbs isn't a problem dahlia. A bulb will do what it needs to do.

    They need planting if you haven't already, in pots or the garden. They're OK outside and don't need dark. 

    Cyclamen hederifolium are flowering now in the garden. They need planting. A dry corm will be dead by next year. These are hardy perennials and can be left out all year.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    If you catch the shooting bulbs early enough then you can bury them deeper. If they are above 1 inch then I would leave them as is, perhaps mulch them with bark if we get seriously cold winter weather.

    Planting in pots has issues as when you transpant them you will damage the emerging roots and pots will be warmer than the ground, so will spur on growth. I would leave them in packets for 2 weeks as by then it will be colder.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966

    I've potted lots of mine as the beds  where they're going  eventually aren't ready. Some of the crocus are sprouting but it's not an issue. As mentioned already, you don't need them in the dark, just keep them sheltered somewhere till you're ready to put them in the place you eventually want them. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks everyone for your advice.

    Especially for the cyclamen hederafolium. Xxxx
  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    I have asimilar experience with some daffs, muscari, oxalis and anomone de caen all ahving spouted. I was a little concerned on some but this has reassured me.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966

    Just noticed yesterday that the alliums I put in with pots of Verbena bonariensis recently are all sprouting!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • The milder weather conditions are allowing me to hang back on digging up my Dahlias and sprouting everything else. My petunias in my wheelbarrow planter are still hanging on in there too!

    I'm sure that the cooler weather is around the corner as it dropped to 1 degree Celsius last night. X

    Time to get mulching and prepare the ground for the rhubarb. image
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