Gardeners’ question time

PUBLISHED: 10:10 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 20 February 2013

Can I still plant my bulbs?

I have just realised that I have several packets of spring flowering bulbs that I forgot to plant. They are sprouting but the packet says 'plant from August onwards'; can I still put them in or should I just throw them away?

Mrs M Morris, Newbury

Your sprouting bulbs are not totally dried out so they are still in with a chance. Plant them in pots, rather more shallowly than indicated on the packet, and water sparingly. They should put down roots and produce a flower this time, but they probably won't flower again next year as they won't have the reserves. Take care not to overwater as the bulb may rot.

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