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24/10/2013 at 11:38
Mild weather conditions have kicked my spring bulbs into overdrive and alot of my bulbs are starting to shoot. I have held off planting any more into the ground until November but I have a ton of bulbs to plant outside. Can I plant my containers up ready for spring now if I store them in a cooler and darker environment like the garage? I plan to move them to the front of the house when it is considerably cooler like December time. I have been given 15 cyclamen hederafolium can I plant these now to grow for basket display or will I they keep until next year? What is the best thing to do with the already sprouting bulbs? it is mainly Irises and iris reticula that are showing shoots but some of my rockery tulips are trying to show also. Thanks for your advice in advance From the novice gardener dahlialily22
24/10/2013 at 11:44

Sprouting bulbs isn't a problem dahlia. A bulb will do what it needs to do.

They need planting if you haven't already, in pots or the garden. They're OK outside and don't need dark. 

Cyclamen hederifolium are flowering now in the garden. They need planting. A dry corm will be dead by next year. These are hardy perennials and can be left out all year.

24/10/2013 at 12:29

If you catch the shooting bulbs early enough then you can bury them deeper. If they are above 1 inch then I would leave them as is, perhaps mulch them with bark if we get seriously cold winter weather.

Planting in pots has issues as when you transpant them you will damage the emerging roots and pots will be warmer than the ground, so will spur on growth. I would leave them in packets for 2 weeks as by then it will be colder.

24/10/2013 at 13:14

Those bulbs will flower when they are ready to....prob at the usual time of year.  

24/10/2013 at 13:32

I've potted lots of mine as the beds  where they're going  eventually aren't ready. Some of the crocus are sprouting but it's not an issue. As mentioned already, you don't need them in the dark, just keep them sheltered somewhere till you're ready to put them in the place you eventually want them. 

25/10/2013 at 09:01
Thanks everyone for your advice.
Especially for the cyclamen hederafolium. Xxxx
25/10/2013 at 09:41

I have asimilar experience with some daffs, muscari, oxalis and anomone de caen all ahving spouted. I was a little concerned on some but this has reassured me.

25/10/2013 at 09:43

Just noticed yesterday that the alliums I put in with pots of Verbena bonariensis recently are all sprouting!

31/10/2013 at 07:42
The milder weather conditions are allowing me to hang back on digging up my Dahlias and sprouting everything else. My petunias in my wheelbarrow planter are still hanging on in there too!
I'm sure that the cooler weather is around the corner as it dropped to 1 degree Celsius last night. X
Time to get mulching and prepare the ground for the rhubarb.
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