Pearl Freemont
Pearl Freemont
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Asked on Mar 25, 2018

"Shocking" a flower bulb - help!



I have some flower bulbs that say they have to be shocked. I thought all you do is plant bulbs and keep watered. (Shows I havent done much planting.) How does one go about doing this at time of year in order to get the best results?

6 answers
  • Jan20248263
    on Mar 25, 2018

    why shock the bulbs
  • Gardengraz
    on Mar 25, 2018

    What bulb is it? Some bulbs need a cold period before they will bloom, I.e. daffs.
  • Christel
    on Mar 25, 2018

    Shocking usually refers to a cold spell. Flower bulbs such as iris, daffodils, crocus and tulips need that cold period in order to rebloom.
  • Ken
    on Mar 26, 2018

    The instructions that call for shocking the bulbs surely tell you what they have in mind. If not, it is best to look up the supplier's web site to find instructions or ask at your local garden center.
  • 9530106
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Shocking bulbs is another term for forcing bulbs (to bloom). The tulips, etc. you see now in the stores now have been shocked or forced into bloom. Once a bulb has been forced to bloom, it needs thrown away, as it will never bloom again.
  • Nursejnm
    on Mar 28, 2018

    Cover your planted and watered pots with saran wrap. Put in the fridge for a week or two. Then take them out and put in a sunny, warm spot to grow. This has always worked for me.
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