I live in Fayetteville on a road that is being widened by the city. I had some bulbs along the driveway—including daffodils and hyacinths that I dug up this summer and stored in old pantyhose in a shed. I was planning to plant them this fall but never got around to it. Will they be ok to plant next fall if I leave them in the shed until then, or should I try to get them planted now?
Plant them as soon as the ground is workable. If you wait until next fall, chances are there won’t be any bulbs left to plant—they will have dried up. Even though a shed or garage can protect bulbs from freezing, they should have been getting the needed chilling hours inside the shed. Both daffodils and hyacinths need on average 10-16 weeks of temperatures below 45-50 degrees. I know my attached garage has been colder than that these past few weeks.
There is an un-irrigated area of my yard between the driveway and property line in which I would like to plant bulbs. Will bulbs flourish with rain water only? If so, which ones, and when should I plant them?
Most of the spring bulbs will do very well, since we get ample moisture during their growth period--winter through spring, and they prefer it to be dry during their dormant summer months. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, and hyacinths should all do well, and are all best planted in the fall.
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