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I bought some bulbs called "PaperPlates", I put the bulbs in pots around Christmas. I could see them grow a 1/2 inch daily; well now they have bloomed. What do I do?
Do I cut them down till next year and store the bulbs? If I store bulbs how do I do that? Can someone help me? I do not have a green thumb and love plants and flowers indoors.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By DeeDee from Muskegon, MI
Water until the foliage turns yellow, then brown, and finally dies down. After that, water should be withheld entirely and the bulbs stored away in a cool, dark place. This is the usual procedure when bulbs are to be forced a second time. Second forcing, in most instances, are very unsatisfactory; unless you are an expert, the practice is not recommended.
Any forced bulb will eventually (within 6mths-18mths) bloom again if planted outside. This is of course providing it normally grows in your Zone. The paper plates bulb referred to - could it perhaps be PaperWhites? As far as I know, it is a type of daffodil & will rebloom outdoors. I keep forced bulbs inside in their pots watered (well afer they have bloomed) & plant them outside early/mid May. They almost always bloom for me the next spring. I am a Zone 6a. Freesia, on the other hand, I have had no luck overwintering in my root cellar. Maybe too cold? Marg
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I Live in zone 6 or so and currently have freesia bulbs I want to plant but I want to grow them indoors. Do these bulbs need to be cooled for a period of time before planting? If so, for how long?
I also have some tulip bulbs that are starting to sprout that are not yet planted. I'd also like to grow them indoors. I understand there's a cooling period for these. If I can't put them in my fridge, what might my options be?
If I put them in my fridge, I've heard you can't have apples in the fridge. Is this true?
And finally, for what period of time would they have to be in my fridge or is it too late because they're beginning to sprout?
Thanks for any help you can provide from the one who loves only fragrant flowers.
I'll answer these one at a time.
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