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Primrose and forced bulbs in house???

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Annette07-Jan-04 07:03 PM EST 6a   
carolincalgary08-Jan-04 11:02 AM EST 3   
Annette10-Jan-04 09:28 AM EST 6a   
JoanneS12-Jan-04 10:28 AM EST 3a   

Subject: Primrose and forced bulbs in house???
From: Annette
Zone: 6a
Date: 07-Jan-04 07:03 PM EST

I wrote this message just before the site went down, and I think it got lost. I bought some tulips in a pot from Home Depot, they are flowering. I also boughts some crocus that are potted, not yet flowering and some Primulas in pots that are so pretty flowering in lost of colours. I'm wondering if they will last until spring and if there is special care I need to give them. Should I let the tulips finish blooming and let them rest until fall to plant them? I find the Primula go dry quite fast in the little pots they are planted in, so I'm watching them carefully. Will they last till spring when I can plant them?..which around here is usually around the first or second week of June-when it's safe not to get anymore frost. Any ideas are appreciated.

Subject: RE: Primrose and forced bulbs in house???
From: carolincalgary
Zone: 3
Date: 08-Jan-04 11:02 AM EST

I buy those primulas every winter and nurse them over until spring and put them in the garden - it is a bit of a chore as they dry out to quickly. One thing I tried last year was repotting them in a group into a large pot and that helped. Some make it fine into the garden, some dont.

Subject: RE: Primrose and forced bulbs in house???
From: Annette
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Jan-04 09:28 AM EST

I have been finding that too. They are perfectly fine and I feel the soil often, then 'boom' they are dry and wilted over night. I haven't had a chance to do a search yet about them, but I tried putting a little water under them, but they are not bottom water feeders like violets, I guess, because it doesn't work. I was scared of repotting them because I've read about the shock that new plants go through when you bring them home from a store with lighting and enviorment differences...but if they hang in there maybe I'll try repotting them later. They would be easier to water in a bigger pot. Thank you.

Subject: RE: Primrose and forced bulbs in house???
From: JoanneS (
Zone: 3a
Date: 12-Jan-04 10:28 AM EST

Sometimes, the bulbs that are bought already growing in pots have been treated and won't rebloom. I don't know what the treatment is, but I was given this answer in a garden shop.

But, sometimes, if you plant them out in the spring, after they have finished blooming, they will get enough nutrients over the summer and fall to enable them to rebloom in the spring. Not always, but worth trying.

Also, for these spring plants, assuming they are acclimatized, you don't necessarily have to wait until all danger of frost has passed to plant out. If you can work the ground, they can take a bit of frost without harm. My tulips and daffodils regularly get snowed on and they actually seem to like it. Just remember to acclimatize them first.

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