Too late for bulbs?

faltered(Hamburg NY Z5/6)June 27, 2005

I posted this in the cottage forum, but I thought I'd try here with my "neighbors."

I just received a bunch of bulbs from a friend. Never grown any of these before.

Gladiolus White Prosperity

Gladiolus Wine & Roses

Dahlia My Love

Incarvillea Delavay

Is it too late to plant these? Would I do more harm than good? Or should I just go for it?

I did a search on the 'net and found the incarvillea is hardy to zone 5 with mulching, so that's a plus. The others will have to be dug up in the fall.

Thanks all.


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Aurore(Zone 4/5 NY)

If the glads are a winter hardy variety they may winter through. Check the internet to see if they are. My glads, that I dig each year, form a new bulb for the following year above the old one. I like to give them plenty of time, by planting early and waiting till a good frost before digging, so that the bulbs will be nice and big. Don't know how big a bulb you would get if you plant them now, but if left for another year the bulbs may not have any strength left to do anything next year. I think planting the dalhia will at least keep the bulb strong and healthy for next year even if they don't bloom. I have to dig my dalhias.

Here is a link that might be useful: my webpage

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 3:56PM
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Aurore(Zone 4/5 NY)

Ooops tuber- dahlias have tubers not bulbs.
I've heard some people in New York say they can overwinter their glads left in the garden - too cold here. You could always try a few and see.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 4:01PM
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faltered(Hamburg NY Z5/6)

Ok, thanks for the advice. I don't think the glads are winter hardy. I had some trouble coming up with decent info on them. I'll just try them and see what happens. They were free, so I have nothing to lose I guess.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 4:02PM
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