Maybe you got a package of spring bulbs as a gift late in the season or perhaps you just forgot to plant a bag that you bought. Either way, you now have to figure out how you should be storing bulbs that have sprouted because you have a whole bag of them and the ground is frozen and rock hard.
How to Store Bulbs That Have Sprouted
Here are a couple tips on storing bulbs that have already sprouted.
Store Bulbs in a Dry Place
If the bulbs are in a plastic bag, the first thing to do is remove the sprouting bulbs from the bag and either put them in a cardboard box wrapped in newspaper or a paper bag. Be careful that you do not break the bulb sprout off, as this will kill the bulb. The bulb sprout is very susceptible to rot and the paper will help to keep the bulb sprout from rotting.
Store Bulbs in a Cold Place
Keep sprouted bulbs in a cold location. Not simply cool. It needs to be cold (but not below freezing). In the back of a refrigerator or a cold garage (one that is attached to the house so it will not completely freeze) is ideal. Sprouting bulbs are coming out of dormancy, but a drop in temperatures will help return the bulbs to their dormant state. The green bulb sprout will not grow any further once the bulb goes back into dormancy. Also, bulbs need a certain amount of dormancy in order to be able to bloom properly. Returning sprouting bulbs to their dormant state will help them bloom better in the spring.
Plant Sprouting Bulbs as Soon as Possible
In the spring, as soon as the ground is workable, plant your bulbs in the desired location outdoors. They will grow and bloom this year, but be aware that their bloom will be less impressive than it might have been due to the fact that they will not be well established. With these bulbs, it is extremely important that you do not cut back the foliage after the blooms are spent. They will desperately need to restore their energy reserves, as they will not have had a good root system to help support them through blooming. Never fear, if you follow these steps for storing bulbs that have sprouted, your sprouted bulbs will bring you plenty of pleasure for years to come.
Gardening tips, videos, info and more delivered right to your inbox!
Sign up for the Gardening Know How newsletter today and receive a free download of our most popular eBook "How to Grow Delicious Tomatoes."
Heather Rhoades founded Gardening Know How in 2007 and built it up to what it is today.
Begonia Watering: How To Water Begonias (And When To Leave Them Alone!)
Improving the way you hydrate your begonias can have a major impact on their life expectancy and flowering quality. We explain how to get better at begonia watering
By Tonya Barnett Published
Support Your Area's Pollinators By Using Keystone Plants
An understanding of keystone plants is not just a great way to make sure your garden is as enticing as possible to pollinators – it’s critical for the future of key species. We show you how to raise your eco-awareness
By Teo Spengler Published
Pretty Spring Bulbs For Pollinators
What are the best flowering bulbs for pollinators in spring? Click here to find out.
By Mary Ellen Ellis Published
Grow An Early Spring Flowering Bulb Lawn
Want a lawn that nourishes pollinators, never needs weeding, and grows more beautiful every year? We have the lawn for you. Click for more.
By Caroline Bloomfield Last updated
When To Dig Up Bulbs That Bloom In Summer
Click here to learn when to dig up faded summer bulbs of some of the most common ornamentals grown.
By Tonya Barnett Last updated
Corms, Tubers, And Bulbs That Are Deer Resistant
We love tulips, and so do deer! If you have hungry deer and you hunger for spring blooms, this article should help.
By Amy Grant Last updated
Care for Bulbs After Blooming
It's tempting to chop down the leaves after you bulbs have bloomed, but you have to resist this urge! Click to learn why.
By Amy Draiss Last updated
Best Spring Bulbs for Sun and Shade: Bulbs That Grow in Shade and Full Sun
Bulbs are beautiful harbingers of spring. Most flower bulbs thrive in full sun, but what if you have a shaded landscape? Read on for more.
By Amy Grant Last updated
Bulb Life Cycle In Winter: What Bulbs Do For Months Under The Snow
Dormancy in winter doesn't mean nothing is happening with bulbs. It just means you don't see any growth above the ground. Read on for more.
By Bonnie L. Grant Last updated
How To Plant Bulbs In Pots - Lasagna Style
Planting bulbs in containers is an easy way to create a gorgeous spring porch arrangement, especially when you use the lasagna method.
By Laura Walters Last updated