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Early flowering bulbs sat around for months - still good?

Hi everyone,

I ordered some early flowering bulbs (Narcissus, Anemone, Muscari & Chionodoxa) back in September and they've been left in their cardboard boxes in a cool room since. I checked on them yesterday as I've got some time to plant them all this week and they've now started to grow up to 1" long green/white shoots - are they still OK to be planted or have I damaged them by leaving them out?

Many thanks, Ben.


  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Get them in the soil Ben. As long as the bulbs are soft and mouldy they'll sort themselves out.

  • Ben, yes plant them asap.  I think Clarington made a typo - I'm sure she meant " long as the bulbs are not soft and mouldy..."


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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949


    Yes I did indeed mean NOT soft and mouldy!! This brain of mine; it thinks too fast for my fingers to keep up.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,821

    It may help to soak them in a bucket of cold water for an hour or two to rehydrate them so they can get their roots going faster in the soil.

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