wintering-over Spring bulbs in pots
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:02:20 PST
Thanks, Boyce.
I had posed that solution to a horticulturist at Van Engelen in CT but  was 
advised that if the bulbs froze and thawed through typical early and late  
winter weather, they would not be viable in the Spring. Hence the "in the 
ground  in pots" scenario. These bulbs are actually to be planted in a 
different  location which is currently too wet (unusual rains) and expecting snow. 
I appreciate your suggestion and may wind up doing just that. 
Zone 5b
In a message dated 12/7/2011 2:56:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

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  
> to finish  planting Spring bulbs of camassia and allium. Does anyone have
>  experience potting-up such bulbs (Pro-Mix) and then sinking them into  
> 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 
> I appreciate  any experienced advice!
> Carol
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