Only tulips should be held until after October 15th. The narcissus (daffodils) should go in as early as possible in October. The smaller bulbs can even be planted in September or in early October. Some old gardeners said that the hyacinth should go in when the fall leaves begin to turn. However, a little earlier is better. Tulips should never be planted before the end of November.
With tulips, a little later will work as long as the ground is not frozen. Some of the tender bulbous plants such as Gladiolus, Dahlias, etc. should be dug and stored until spring in a cool, dark, dry place such as a basement. They can be packed in boxes in peat moss or stored in dry sand. I have stored glads in paper sacks in a closet in case of emergency. (I didn’t have a basement.)
Those readers who have climbing roses should prune the ramblers now if they have not done so. All kinds of climbing roses should be pruned now and the long runners tied up if you have not done that.
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