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Poundland plant haul help

hi all

went to Poundland and got seduced into buying various bits yesterday. Now panicking that due to the cold I cannot plant them and not sure how to store them?! Can anyone let me know When I could plant them?

allium bulbs

mixed summer bulbs

peony sarah Bernhardt bulbs

hibiscus - bare root (currently all wrapped up)

forsythia bare root

buddleia bare root



  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    You could pot the bare root plants for now. Its a bit cold for the bulbs so think you have to wait for it to get a bit warmer as the soil will be rock hard now.

  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    Bare roots are good to be planted in the cold, as they're in their dormant state - essebtialy in plant hibernation - and can be moved around in that time. I have simply planted mine up into a pot thpugh as the ground and weather aren't really suitable for planting at the moment. Just make sure they're stored cold. I started a thread last week (I think) and isn't too far back if you want to have a look at the information I got there. "Problem with bare roots" I think it was called.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    Paeonies aren't bulbs. Don't plant Sarah at bulb depth or you'll never see her again. Growing points just below the surface,

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Ah thanks so if I put them in the garage?

    what do I do with the bulbs while I wait?  An they be stored in the garage too? It's freezing in there but dry

  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    As long as you don't get any frost in there it should be a good place image

  • So the bulbs are all in plastic bags. Do I just leave them?

    can I plant the peony straight into the ground now? Or if not should I store it in A certain way? I only have a garage and not a greenhouse so can't plant into a pot?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,236

    Why are you putting them in the garage, joanna? 

    Alliums are hardy. Plant them in a pot if the ground isn't suitable, or you don't have a place for them yet. They'll dry out if you just leave them. Or rot. They may not flower very well this year, but they'll be fine for next year. 

    Depending what the other bulbs are, you can do the same with them. If they're not hardy types, you'd still be better getting them into a pot and protecting them with bubblewrap, fleece or plastic until it's warm enough to plant them out. If you have some bricks or timber, or something similar, you could make a basic cold frame for them. They'll need some light now, so a garage isn't really suitable.

    The forsythia and buddleia, like the peony, are also hardy. Pot them up too. Just keep them somewhere sheltered outside for now and once they've put on some growth in a couple of months or so, you can plant them out . Bare root plants won't appreciate being dried out, so avoid that. Potting them up will allow you to keep them moist enough till they start growing. image

    Hibiscus is a bit more tender I think, so will need some protection. I would get that in some soil/compost anyway.  I've never grown it as I doubt it would be happy up here in the Scottish climate.  

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    I was assuming they were only going to be in the garage for a few days until you could put them in the ground. Otherwise pot them up :)

  • Sorry for being dense, but if I pit them up how does that protect them more than going in the ground, if the pots are outside?

    I have containers I could put the bulbs in but wanted them in my borders really. If I put them in pots will I be able to disturb them in a month to replant them? Or won't they grow now anyway?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    I'd plant the forsythia and buddleia in the ground unless it's frozen solid.. and the alliums. 

    Not the non hardy bulbs though, I assume the summer bulbs are the non hardy type, what are they? 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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