Marianne's Response

Too late for planting bulbs?

A few weeks ago I planted the iris bulbs I had ordered on-line. Now I have received the daffodils I also ordered (on a different site) but I wonder if it is too late to plant. They may be too fragil, since they are not the common varieties. If they are put in big pots would they be OK when it freezes? The big pots will stay on the back deck. Or would you recommend not planting until spring? I could keep them in the garage so they can get cold. Thanks for your wisdom.

I used to look forward to your column in the TNT, but I had to cancel my subscription ($100/mo. is too much for me). Are there other ways to see what you are writing about and the smart advice you have for your readers?

Again, thank you very much.

Posted by needshelp on November 29, 2018

Marianne's Response

Thanks for such a timely question -  it is not too late to plant your iris or daffodil bulbs in the Pacific Northwest but dig in and get the into the ground soon so they can have the winter months to grow roots. Don't worry about special varieties being more tender. The bulbs you are planting are pretty tough so once planted they will be fine even if there is a freeze. As for following my writing, this site at PlantersPlace is a great way to stay informed for free. Just keep sending me questions and I will be happy to answer them for you. Keep growing, Marianne Binetti