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Do I put my pots with newly planted bulbs in our outside shed during the winter? We are in zone 7 and will get snow and sometimes ice during the winter months here.

Or should I just put straw on top of the pots and move them close to the house on the patio? I do not have room to bury the pots outdoors.

Thanks so much! PS - we're expecting some winter precipitation this coming Monday morning.

  • Do you want the bulbs to flower at their natural time, or do you want to force them into flowering earlier? – alephzero Nov 9 '18 at 22:39
  • Also, what species of bulb are you asking about? Many spring flowering bulbs (crocus, daffodils, tulips, etc) would be fine planted in the ground in zone 7 temperatures, but others may not be. – alephzero Nov 9 '18 at 23:01
  • I am in zone 8 ; there is no chance for a Tulip to bloom here unless it has spent significant time in the refrigerator. Zone 7 doesn't sound much colder. – blacksmith37 Nov 16 '18 at 20:48
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In Zone 7 I wouldn't worry too much about the cold and potted plants. Snow is no big deal, freezing temperatures are! Roots are the most fragile part of a plant and when plants are in pots those roots are subjected to the cold. If that soil is subjected to freezing your plants are in danger.

Snow does not mean freezing temperatures and frozen soil. Snow is actually a great insulator of plants and their roots during the winter.

Zone 7 is fairly safe for potted plants out of doors but for us to tell you one way or the other about safety of your potted plants, bulbs, we'd need to know more about your micro environment and where it is that you live. What soil did you use in those pots? What fertilizer was added? How do you manage water?

You most certainly can protect your plants in pots out of doors using Reemay to cover the entire plant and pot to be on the safe side. Please tell us more about your zone and location and management practices for us to be able to be more definitive.

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I like your "Put straw on top of the pots and move them close to the house on the patio" idea the best. Zone 7 should be fine that way. Here in Zone 5 I have trouble with them dying in shallow containers. I find if they're in a deep container near the house I don't have to do anything special. Sometimes I put the containers into the garage, put a little water on them once a month or so, then bring them back outside when they start popping up a little. I wait until early April and cover them with straw when I move them back outside even if they pop up a little earlier.

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