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Short stem with fleshy leaves that acts as food storage during a plant's dormant period.

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How to store bulbs in order to plant them when appropriate?

There is a sale right now for lavender mountain lilies & daffodils, etc. I have been reading that at least the lavender mountain lilies do best if planted in fall or early spring. I was wondering ...
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Replanting daffodil - couldn't find bulb

This morning I replanted a stray daffodil (hasn't bloomed yet) that had grown just outside of our garden bed in our lawn. I noticed after digging a deep hole and lifting out the daffodil that there ...
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Succession planting for bluebells

I have a small semi-shaded patch of garden, where I have sown common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) seed over several years; they are now growing well, possibly going to flower for the first ...
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What has happened to the diversity of my Oxalis bulbs?

Last year, I purchased potted oxalis bulbs. EDIT: Added picture of all cultivars I had five cultivars total: Three with small green leaves, one with large green leaves, and one with large purple ...
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Can I let my florist cyclamen go dormant in a hot Mediterranean climate?

I had them in the past. Not for the time being. While cyclamens go dormant throughout the summer, florist cyclamens seem unpredictable. I live in a warm Mediterranean climate, zone 11. Temperatures ...
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Can I cross Amaryllis Belladonna and Hippeastrum?

After searching on the web, I realized that Commenters often use "Amaryllis" and "Hippeastrum" interchangeably, and it's inconclusive whether they meant Amaryllis or Hippeastrum ...
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Unseaonable growth of spring bulbs

This about is the same scenario as my other question Do spring-flowering bulbs inhibit the growth of other plants? so I won't repeat the details. In the past few days (last week of August), I have ...
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Do spring-flowering bulbs inhibit the growth of other plants?

Last winter I planted a large container with several layers of bulbs (crocus, muscari, narcissi, daffodils, tulips). I wanted to repeat this display next year, and emptying the container to retrieve ...
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What are these plants? Please help identify

I bought Gladiolus (sword lily) bulbs from an e-commerce site. But the plants which have grown from the bulbs I received do not seem to be Gladiolus. I would appreciate any help in identifying what ...
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Planting bulbs early?

I have in mind to plant bulbs for various flowers, for next year. (Specifically, I'm thinking about crocuses and tulips.) I know that the recommend planting months for these are in the autumn, but ...
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What is this plant growing behind daylilies?

Can anyone identify this bulb plant? Upstate NY
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Do I need to divide my elephant ears to stop yellowing of leaves?

My elephant ears has sprouted 4 bulbs and has grown a lot of leaves. However, even though its still producing new leaves, the smaller leaves keeps on turning yellow. I’m not sure if its overcrowded in ...
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How to take care of non-white easter lilly cultivars?

Back a few years ago, new cultivars of Easter Lillies have entered the market. The climate I have is ideal for bulbs. I live in a Mediterranean climate, with temperatures above freezing, allowing the ...
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Long-necked Zephyranthes bulb: How does that happen?

That week I received my long-anticipated shipment of Zephyranthes and Habranthus bulbs. The picture below is that of Zephyranthes drummondii. All bulbs were purchased while dormant and without soil. ...
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Can I overwinter this Alocasia bulb

From the moment I saw this club-shaped thing sticking out from the topsoil, I knew it was a bulb or a corm. This one accidentally broke-off, but luckily I have at-least one more around the plant which ...
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Global warming is real... My bulbs are dying

Something strange is going on. This is a rather warm winter, and up to less than a week ago, I was mostly walking around with a T-shirt and shorts. When I switch to longer pants and sleeves for riding ...
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Caladium corm pieces: Are they big enough to be stored till spring?

This is the first time I grow Caladiums. My climate is somewhere between C3 and C4 Mediterranean climate. That means conditions dictate dormancy as well as sheltering from winter rains. I bought my ...
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Name of this plant with long and thin leaves; grows from a bulb

Can anyone please tell me what kind of plant this is? It has long and thin leaves and grows from a bulb. It looks like it's in the resting phase.
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What is this bulb with vanilla scented flowers?

I got this bulb some 10 years ago - and sorry for the rather nondescript picture, but it's all I have. It was growing by the pool side in a leisure centre in Swindon, UK, and seemed to thrive. It was ...
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Growing vegetables indoors under grow lights - How much space for 1 person to survive or at least have significant yield?

I am curious, I have enough space to grow my own vegetables under grow lights. How much space would I need for one person to survive or at least have decent yield? Let's leave fruit and meat, bread ...
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Why Ranunculus tubers rot shortly after planting?

I live in zone 11. My climate is warm Mediterranean. Those plants marketed locally are Mediterranean too. There should be no problem to grow them, I thought, but I was wrong. First, they are hybrids ...
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Does removing the pistil from an Amaryllis flower extend the life of the bloom?

I have several Amaryllis bulbs starting to bloom. Will removing the pistil extend the life of the bloom?
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Are these elephant ear bulbs worth planting

My neighbor moved and said I could dig up her elephant ear bulb. It was huge when I dug it up I left it outside and it rained for 3 days and even frosted before I could do anything with it The little ...
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When and how should I harvest bulbing fennel?

My fennel is doing very well, so I'm starting to wonder when I should harvest it.
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What to do with Tulip bulbs bought in the summer?

I normally plant bulbs in the fall however I was just in Amsterdam and the tulip bulbs were so cheap I couldn't resist! Should I plant them when I get home or store them (if so how) until October?
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Using mulch over cyclamen bulbs

I intend to plant cyclamen coum bulbs this fall. My plan is to lay hardware cloth over the bulbs to protect them from squirrels, and cover that with mulch. Cyclamen coum are very sensitive to planting ...
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Grass in my bulb garden

Every year I weed around my bulbs which is full of grass, dandelions & thistle. By the time I get done weeding it all, it’s time to start weeding all over again & my back can’t take it anymore....
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Transplanting Tulips from Northern to Southern Hemisphere

I want to buy Tulips in the Northern hemisphere in bulk and plant them in the Southern hemisphere.My main concern is that this will mess up their internal bio clock and result in big losses of bulbs. ...
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Internet says to plant bulbs 3 or 5 times (depending on the bulb) its own depth. What if you're planting in clay soil?

Does the planting depth change when it comes to soil that's more clay then the loamy soil you get at the nurseries? Since clay soil is heavier and has the ability to retain moisture, would it restrict ...
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Bulbs start shooting too early in the year

For the past few years now the bulbs in my garden (mostly variants of tulips and daffodils) start shooting far to early in the year (December/January), which means that when the coldest part of the ...
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Is powdered cow dung cake a good rooting medium for bulbs

This is the first time I am growing bulbs but I am not sure if dried cow dung cakes, ground into fine powder would work as a good rooting medium for the bulbs to sprout. A friend of mine gave me a ...
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Newly planted bulbs in pots outside

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 ...
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Mystery emergent foliage (bulb?) USDA zone 5

My mom is an avid gardener and works in many gardens close to her. This plant popped up last week but she’s unsure of its genesis. She can’t inagine having planted two bulbs so close together, but ...
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Please Help. I need to plant 10000 Saffron bulbs which is on order. What equipment to use(UK based)

I am expecting 10K Saffron corms in June this year and I have been all over the internet attempting to find 1) what equipment to use to plant the corms. As they are corms I thought a potato ...
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What is this white, 6 petaled, spike flower?

I found this while hiking a trail passing through an old homestead near Hillsborough, NC. It was abundant in a wooded area. It blooms in April. It is about ten inches tall with a spike flower, grassy ...
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Daffodil Bulbs Planting in Winter

January 29, Zone 5 I optimistically purchased 500 daffodil bulbs late last fall and did not get them in the ground before winter. I stored them outside in the container they came in, like a milk ...
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Can I plant garlic in the spring?

Usually I plant garlic in the fall and let it go through winter and into spring. But what about growing it in spring? What care is needed for growing it over the spring/summer, if it can be done? I ...
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Do I remove the garlic flower?

I've never grown elephant garlic before which I believe is closer to a leek than garlic. Anyway, it looks like it wants to flower so should I snip it off? Or should I let it flower, collect the seeds ...
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Bulb planting depth

I'm starting my fall planting and got to wondering - is the recommended planting depth to the top or bottom of the bulb?
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How should I plant snowdrops along a long driveway?

Our drive is getting on for 100m long, bordering a wooded stream. We would like to line it with snowdrops but I'm worried this is a colossal task as some sources claim I need 100+ bulbs per square ...
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What are traditional English flowers to plant on the edge of a wooded stream?

Our property borders an old area of woodland, with a stream running down next to our drive on the far side. There are already some bluebells but we would like to add more flowers, however we would ...
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What plants can be grown near bulbs?

I am trying to plan out our new garden, and I would like to have some bulbs and perennials, perhaps both in the same area of the garden. I want to make sure that there are no concerns with planting ...
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Young child wants ID for a plant in his school garden

"B" is 4 years old. That is his hand with the coin for size reference. Added 2 pics, and info. Mom said: "The leaves look like grass blades. They're pretty tall and the director said they sprouted ...
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What should I do with my daffodil bulbs after having removed them?

I've recently dug up a patch of the garden and taken out a whole bunch of daffodil bulbs. I want to keep these bulbs, so what should I do with them now that I have dug them up? Would I be better ...
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When is the best time to move daffodil bulbs?

A while back, I planted a patch of daffodils in my lawn. I've regretted it ever since when I have to mow around the plants after they've bloomed, it looks a mess with only the leaves after the blooms ...
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What are these stacked bulbs taking over my garden?

There are a lot these bulbs so I don't know how I'm going to get them all out to grow anything else. I am in south-east England. Are they weeds or are all bulbous flowers? If it turns out they are ...
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Can I plant saffron in spring?

I ordered some saffron bulbs and thought they would be delivered in the fall but they are here now. The directions say to plant immediately. These came from China. They were a little moist from being ...
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What type of bulb is this? [closed]

Someone gave this bulb to my daughter. What is it?
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Second Bloom for Tulips?

Is there any way to get tulips to bloom again this year? I know some flowers bloom again if you take the dead flower heads off. Mine were looking great until a squirrel came along and eat every ...
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What is this plant with a flower that looks a bit like a snowdrop?

Any idea what this plant is and how to care for it? I was given it free at an indoor-plant shop because they didn't know what it was - neither did their supplier. Thanks!
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