When to plant Hyacinth + etc

epark102(z6 MA)September 20, 2008

Hi,

I have a couple of newbie questions. I saw a local Costco is selling bags of tulip and hyacinth bulbs. I'd like to put some of those blubs in my new garden, but I am wondering:

1. Can I plant those bulbs now? Or should I wait until it gets colder?

2. If I have to wait a while, how should I store those blubs?

3. I'd like to save a few bulbs to plant in a pot in winter/early spring to have some flowers inside the house when there is still snow out there. What should I do?

Thanks!

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ego45(6bCT)

Buy now. Put bags in a fridge, but not together with fresh produce. Plant when nights temps will be constantly below 45F.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2008 at 11:31PM
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ctreynard(Zone 6--Chicopee, MA)

Congrats on getting bulbs! :) I ordered some hyacinths (and other bulbs) from Old House Gardens...they are delaying shipping until it's time to plant them. I'll post again when I receive the order. :) Here's some info from OLD HOUSE GARDENS website:

When to Plant
You can plant most bulbs in the fall when soil temperatures in your area drop to about 60ºF. You can also keep planting, as necessary, LONG after the first frost, as long as the soil remains workable. This is much later than many people realize, requiring many nights below freezing.
However, since small bulbs dry out in storage more easily and their shallow planting depths subject them to earlier freezing, they should be planted in most zones IMMEDIATELY. This is also true of all lilies, Fritillaria, Hyacinthoides, and Camassia.
Hyacinths root better in not-too-cool soil, so plant them next, then narcissus, and finally tulips, which prefer the coolest soil. DonÂt wait too late, though, because if the soil freezes down to the bulbs before they root well, health and performance will be impaired. To keep soil warmer longer, apply a thick, light winter mulch such as straw or pine needles  but not if you have bulb-eating voles.
Here's a link for forcing bulbs...just keep in mind that forced bulbs can only be used once. But it's so worth it to get a bit of color/scent during winter!

GL!

Here is a link that might be useful: Hyacinth Forcing--AKA Winter STINKS!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:01AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I know you're in CT, but you can get an idea of soil temperatures in zone 6 by looking at the table in theUMass Landscape Message. Scroll down to the table entitled 2008 Growing Degree Days - soil temps are in a column to the right.

Soil temperatures are in the mid-60's now (that reading from Boston looks suspiciously low).

Claire

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 12:00PM
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ctreynard(Zone 6--Chicopee, MA)

Claire,

What a great website! Thanks for the post! :)

carolyn

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 8:03PM
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epark102(z6 MA)

Thank you all for the very helpful info.
I will plant them in a couple of weeks.
This is my first time with bulbs and I am so excited.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 9:42PM
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