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mgrwitness
Kenner, LA

March 27, 2012
10:32 AM

Post #9059182

Can I use refrigerated paperwhite daffodil bulbs next year? I forgot to plant them.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2012
3:40 PM

Post #9060910

I think the key question here is "How long will they last in refrigeration?" I have not found an answer to that specific question yet.
Two choices:
1- Plant them now. Amend the soil before planting, give them good care and plenty of water while they grow leaves, blom, and for a few weeks afterwards. Then they will want to dry and go dormant.
2- Keep them in the refrigerator until fall, and plant as you meant to.

"Paperwhites" are usually sold for forcing indoors in the winter. Papaerwhites, when put in a dish for forcing, will make roots, leaves and a bloom. I have not seen them sold refrigerated and do not think it is necessary. (Side note- Paperwhites I have forced, and then planted outside, have lived but failed to bloom for two years now.)

This page from the American Bulb Society says they should be stored dry and at room temperature.
http://www.daffodilusa.org/daffodils/growingtips.html

I hope this answers your question. Thanks for reading and writing.

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