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daneduardo
Western Springs, IL

March 31, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6343133

I bought 150 various tulip bulbs at costco last fall an never got around to planting can I plant them now I live in suburbs of chicago
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 31, 2009
3:07 AM

Post #6343175

Tulips need a period of winter chill to bloom, so unless you've stored them somewhere cold I think it's probably too late. I'm not sure what would happen if you chilled them now in the fridge and then planted them--maybe someone else has tried that and would know.
dp72
Woodway, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2009
5:30 AM

Post #6343665

I would skip the chilling this late in the season. Do a fair to middling job planting them and hope for some blooms that are diminished in size but still attractive. Don't space them too far apart. You want a massed effect.

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carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

April 5, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #6365083

As l ong as they didn't get mushy - it really matters how you stored them!
dp72
Woodway, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2009
12:09 AM

Post #6365091

Oh, yes- if they're firm, they may bloom some- if they are mushy they have rotted and the smell would drive you away from the house.
Rosemarie13
Warren, OH

May 14, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8562439

I planted tulips and daffodils in March in northern Ohio. My husband had bought them dirt cheap in the winter and we left them in the garage. I put the tulips in some planter boxes because they were mixed and I didn't want to commit. The tulips bloomed mid-May. The daffodils worked out great. We also had hyacinths forgotten in the basement and planted those in March. Popped up beautifully.

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