wintering-over Spring bulbs in pots

Boyce Tankersley
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:56:03 PST
Here in Chicago, when faced with a similar situation, I potted the bulbs
into a containers using a commercial potting mix, watered them in once and
then held them in the unheated garage.  The 'down-side' was, even though
unheated, the garage (attached to the house) was still about 10 degrees
warmer than the outside temperatures which resulted in the bulbs starting
their growth cycle earlier than they should.  The first year flowering was
a bit off, but since these were all perennials they settled down and have
done well in the following years.

Boyce Tankersley
zone 5
Chicago, Illinois

On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM, <> wrote:

> I am in HZ5  in Connecticut and due to exceedingly wet weather I am  unable
> to finish planting Spring bulbs of camassia and allium. Does anyone have
> experience potting-up such bulbs (Pro-Mix) and then sinking them into the
> ground  so the bulbs are at the proper depth and covered so as to avoid
> freezing and  thawing? I plan to dig the pots out in the Spring and plant
> the bulbs
> in  the gardens. This idea suggested by a reputable local bulb wholesaler.
> I appreciate any experienced advice!
> Carol
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