Forum home Plants

Too late to plant gaffs and tulip bulbs?


I've forgotten to plant up my daff and tulip bulbs from last year. Is it too late to do it now?



  • Can't offer any help but hope one of our friends can, I too have just found some crocus bulbs in one of my gardening jacket's pocket ...I think maybe a tad too late nowimage

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,198

    I often plant bulbs and seeds at less than the ideal time. Usually do ok - sometimes just a bit later than they otherwise would - but that's fine image

    As Phillipa says - they're better for being planted - otherwise they will probably sprout and then may well just shrivel up & die. 

    You could consider planting them deeply into pots asap - if you leave them in a sunny spot they may even be ready at the 'right' time and then you can place the pots into any spaces in your borders.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Thank you lovely people for your advise. I've planted them in pots this afternoon just as the sun was setting. Fingers crossed they'll come out. They were so lovely last year.

    I'm annoyed with myself for not doing it sooner. The sunshine today motivated me. It didn't take long either. Silly me.

  • Just to let you know that the daffs are just coming out now, and the pot of red tulips have been in flower for the past 2 weeks and have been beautiful. I've got another couple of containers of tulips in different places and these are also budding and going to come out any day now image So pleased!

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Well done Suzie - always worth a try image

    I've just planted (well, yesterday) a mixture of bulbs that I found in a bag in the shed.  Some are clearly tulips, most I have no idea about.  They weren't going to grow where they were so it can't hurt.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,112
    That's lovely. image

    It's always worth having a go if the bulbs are not soft - what've you got to lose image

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

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i did exactly the same today, sound a sack with my lovely green striped tulips in (i wondered why they haven't come up image ) so ive planted them in a pot today & shall just hope

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    everything ive planted out in regards to seedlings have failed in the SE. Now the cheeky sun has shown iys face but too darn late!image

Sign In or Register to comment.