PLANTING BULBS IN DESCHUTES COUNTY IN JANUARY

Asked January 27, 2016, 2:24 PM EST

Can I plant numbers of types of bulbs obtained late season NOW? late January; should I store them in sawdust, compost (damp) ? I had some freeze last year in storage. Should I hold off until spring occurs?Ground is unfrozen, have good sandy soil, can mulch, and locate can bulbs in area where deer-protection is good, with good spring/summer sun.

Oregon transplanting bulbs horticulture

1 Response

It is not a good idea to plant bulbs in the middle of winter as they need time to root before the ground freezes. Spring bulbs don't store well and desiccate quickly. It is usually best not to store these bulbs but to get new ones in the fall. If you have summer blooming bulbs it is too soon to plant them as the ground will freeze again.