keeping unplanted bulbs over winter

Asked December 12, 2018, 1:59 PM EST

I have about 100 tulip bulbs that I was unable to get in the ground this fall. Currently they are in a box in my heated garage, which I keep at a constant 45 degrees. Is there a way to keep them until they can be planted next year? If so, would you plant them right away in the spring?

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1 Response

Overwintering unplanted bulbs seldom works. They tend to dry out. If you put them in something moist, they rot. Either way, they will be dead by the spring.

The best thing to do would be to plant them in pots and try to force them. See https://extension.umn.edu/planting-and-growing-guides/growing-bulbs-indoors for instructions. I realize that may be difficult with so many bulbs, but you could always pot them up and give them as gifts, or keep them in a cool spot and move them into the warmth one pot at a time for a succession of blooms.