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Tulip Bulbs Given as Christmas Gift - Please Help

12 years ago

My son & DIL gave me a gift of tulip bulbs at Christmas and I want to do my best with them.

I live in NH, so obviously could not get them in the ground in late December. I've kept them in a dark place till now, and am wondering if I can plant them in a container for this year & then find a permanent home for them after they bloom.

Some questions:

Is it too late for this year? We've actually had some days in the '80's, but today it is snowing outside...New England.

I would love to give them a permanent home at our lakehouse, but it is in a wooded area w/ lots of wildlife. Do tulip bulbs stand a chance in this environment?

If I plant in a container, can I pull the bulbs up after the greens wilt and keep them as container plants from year to year, or will they not survive that well?

Thanks for any help you can give me. The choice of their gift at this time is very meaningful to me, and I don't want to lose them.

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