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

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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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What should I do with unplanted narcissus/daffodil onions outside of planting season?

I have 4-5 "new" narcissus onions on hand, but the planting season is over now (beginning of March). They should be sprouting now. Here is the exact variety. What should I do with them? Will I ...
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When should I move a tulip plant from a pot to the ground?

I'm in western NY in the US and I have a potted tulip plant. When can I move it to the ground? After the last frost of the season? I usually see planted tulip plants start to pop up in March, bloom ...
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Can someone help me identify this plant

Please help me identify this plant that i saw.
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Plant with a single upward-pointing orange flower at the tip of the stem?

Grew in TX right before fall got cold. I'm hoping they grow again in spring but a squirrel has been messing in my pots.
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When can I cut back regal lilies without damaging the bulbs?

Growing instructions I've seen nearly all say to cut back stems and foliage "after they turn yellow". Here in Northern California (Sonoma) the sturdy regal lily stalks don't even think about turning ...
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Why do my calla lilies not develop full color?

I have been growing calla lilies in my front yard on the south side of my house under a large ash tree for about five years. Each fall I dig up the tubers and store them in the basement in a large ...
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Why are my Gladiolus aiming at the sun?

My Gladioli are coming up, but they are bent at about a 90 degree. They're in full sun with grass compost dirt. I planted them just a little bit under the surface. Why are they doing this?
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How do I transplant walking onion?

I got some walking onion from someone at the community garden, and was wondering if I should take anything into consideration when planting them. There was a little bit of damage to them, and one stem ...
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Do any bulbing bunching onion varieties multiply like potato onions?

Do bulbing bunching onions multiply like non-bulbing ones and potato onions, do? According to one source, there is a non-bulbing variety that does multiply (and is a perennial): the He Shi Ko ...
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Can I transplant grape hyacyinths while in bloom?

Last fall I planted a number of small grape hyacinth bulbs in my garden. It's now spring, and they're all in bloom, but instead of being in the garden, they're spread throughout the lawn. My suspicion ...
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How should I prepare garlic bulbs prior to planting?

To add to the recent garlic posts, I thought I'd make my own. I noticed that some store bought garlic was starting to sprout in the fridge, and so took some out to see if they might be viable for ...
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landscaping plant in yard [closed]

i have dark green clumps in my yard that look like grass but when pulled there are bulbs attached almost like little onions. The green part and bulbs do not have any distinct fragrance.
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Can I plant my amaryllis outside?

I live in Bromley (southern England) and was given a gorgeous amaryllis a few years ago. It is a Hippeastrum Monte Carlo. Unfortunately my wife seems to be allergic to the pollen but loves the ...
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Transplant established bulbs in the spring?

I know I should transplant spring bulbs in the fall.. but I didn't. There are a bunch of day lilies in the ditch down the road and I'm wondering if I can transplant them right now? Surely the ...
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How should I take care of a Hyacinth bulb growing in a vase of water?

I just picked this plant up from the store. What is the best way to take care of it? Can I leave it like it is and let it sit in the sun?
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Care for an indoor hyacinth after blooming

I have a hyacinth planted in a pot indoors. From what I have read, I should cut the stalk and let the leaves die naturally. So I cut the flower stalk but it seems now after about two months, the ...
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Can I preserve plant pollen?

I have an amaryllis plant that is getting ready to bloom, and I know that I won't have enough time to cross pollinate it with a snowdrop so I want to know if it's possible in general to preserve ...
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Should dead-looking sections be removed from bulbs before planting?

For Christmas, my daughter gave me some tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs. Since they've been sitting around for quite some time in the local department store, they're in varying states and ...
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Methods for saving amaryllis bulb infected with narcissus bulb fly

One of my amaryllis bulbs is infected with the narcissus bulb fly : ( It was planted and it started seeing white mould forming around the bulb. I took the bulb out and sure enough it was starting to ...
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What is this red-flowered bulb with red fruits?

I took the picture a few days ago in a botanical garden in Spain. Which species is it?
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Newly Planted Spring Bulbs Coming up in november

I live in southern New Hampshire and I planted a bunch of spring bulbs in late September after it finally cooled down. However, we've had quite a warm fall since then. Today I noticed that I've got ...
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Mixing Alcohol Solution for Paperwhites to Prevent Legginess

This year's order of Paperwhites came with the advice to make a 5% solution of alcohol (drinking and rubbing both work; the latter is much cheaper!) in water, and use that once the stems are 1-2" high ...
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Please help me identify this bulbous plant with long, broad leaves and white flowers

I rescued this plant from a landfill in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has taken well in my garden and is blooming in just the second season that it's been here. When I rescued it, I thought it was ...
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What is this bulb with pink and white globular flowers?

I had this bulb given to me as "Mayflower" or "Morning Glory". My Internet search leads me to believe that the flower is not either of the above. It flowers annually in May-June. It has a pink and ...
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Can I still plant Gladiolus in Zone 6a in late July?

I came across some nice Gladiolus bulbs in the store. I see they already started to grow their roots and I wanted to know if I can still plant them, since they bloom till October, I think. I live New ...
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How do I propagate onions from an onion bulb?

I am trying to grow an onion plant from an onion bulb after learning vegetative propagation. I do in this way: Phase 1: Put the onion on a piece of wet tissue, wait for it to grow a shoot with a ...
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What flowers require a period of time after blooming before pruning the leaves?

The author of this answer explains that the leaves of daffodils and tulips should not be cut down or otherwise disturbed for six weeks after the flower has gone by, as they are providing the necessary ...
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Should I keep tulip bulbs that didn't flower this year, or replace them with new?

My tulip bulbs have not made any flowers this spring, maybe due to lack of sun and/or phosphorus. Is there any chance they will make flowers next year if I give them phosphorus and more sun, or should ...
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What is this bulb with a fuzzy purple and green flower head?

The bulb was small and white at first. Now there's this mixture of purple and green fuzziness of the flowers that's going to bloom. Any ideas what it might be? A friend found it and I just decided to ...
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Tulip bulbs, plant them late or keep them until next year

I've got a bunch of bulbs from tulips and other early-bloomers, that I 'forgot' to plant last November. By now it's almost March, and I wonder, should I plant them now, or should I keep them until ...
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Garlic scapes drooping during a cold winter without much snow. Will they survive?

I live in Massachusetts Zone 6b and I planted garlic in October (First time ever planting garlic!) about 6 inches deep into the soil, with mulch on top of the soil. The garlic I planted was organic ...
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Are there bulbs that produce only leaves?

Are there plants with bulbs that only produce leaves, no flowers? If I wanted to look up such plants, what should I search for? e.g. botanical term, name of plant family - whatever makes sense. ...
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Will it be too late to plant Daffodil bulbs after Christmas in Long Island, New York?

I've got a bunch of Daffodil bulbs for my mother who lives out on the tip of Long Island, New York (USDA zone 7). I'd like to give them to her for Christmas, and plant over the weekend (weather ...
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Will garlic cloves that are broken off the root 'plate' still grow?

I bought a bulb of organic garlic to try and grow. While separating the cloves, a couple of them broke off that woody root 'plate'. Will they still grow?
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Should I overwinter my Crocosmia bulbs indoors, or plant them?

I just dug out some bulbs of what I believe is Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Honey Angels'. I'm wondering now what to do with them. Should I store them until spring? In that case, which conditions ...
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What's the Minimum Space I Can Leave Between Flower Bulbs That I Want to Plant in a Planter Box?

I've bought a pile of various tulip, hyacinth, narcis/daffodil, and iris bulbs and I want to plant them in in planter boxes and small pots if I can't fit them all in the box. The instructions on the ...
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Can I plant tulip or daffodil bulbs in 6" of soil, over a concrete foundation?

I have recently bought a house and I was planning a small tulip patch. I dug my ideal area on the backyard, 6" deep, just to discover I had chosen the spot where an old foundation had been covered ...
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What is this native North American lily with a downward facing speckled orange flower?

I suspect this is a native North American lily that I grew from seed and the label was lost over the years they take to flower. It's quite happy in full sun in USDA zone 4 in Ottawa. It has a ...
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How to be safely install light bulb for outdoor vegetable?

My patio does not have direct sunlight, but I want to build a hydroponic system. The vegetable that I want to plant requires a lot of light, so I also want to put lighting system outdoor for the ...
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What is the treatment done to so-called prepared / treated hyacinth-bulbs for forcing in pots?

To have hyacinths grow and flower indoors in pots (also known as: to force a bulb) you have to get special bulbs: they are called prepared or treated. I was not able to find out with a simple internet ...
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Can Ranunculus bulbs be re-used in cold climates?

I've planted ranunculus for the first time this year in Minnesota (USDA zone 4). I beleive that these are not winter hardy here but can these be dug up, stored and replanted like dahlias, callas, ...
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What is a suitable depth for planting a bulb?

It always puzzles me when websites say we should bury bulbs under the soil about 2 or 3 times the height of the bulb. For example, a nice post about planting hyacinths recommends putting the bulb 5 ...
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I just planted a Paperwhite bulb and I broke the roots. Will it still grow?

I planted it, indoors, about 2 days ago. I rotated it because I thought it was leaning. Then I heard a snap and realized i'd broken the roots. I didn't think roots would have already sprouted :(. Did ...
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Should I plant paperwhites that have started to grow?

I received my order of paperwhites that I had ordered from a catalog and when I opened the boxes I saw that the bulbs have started to sprout. Should I get them into the ground now or should I store ...
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Why are my Freesias sprouting in the fall?

I bought some Freesias in the spring last year and planted them in a wooden planter. All spring and summer, I didn't see any signs of life, even though they got watered regularly. Then in the fall of ...
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What bulbs will do well planted in containers in the fall in Dallas, and how should I take care of them?

I'm a total and complete novice when it comes to gardening... I'd like to plant some bulbs this fall in large containers on my back patio. I live near Dallas, Texas. What bulbs would you recommend? ...
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Why are the flowers dropping and leaves turning yellow on my potted Freesia?

I bought a young (I'm guessing, it's 6"-8" tall) Freesia about a week ago. It was doing well at the time of purchase, but it's been all downhill since. Within a few days, the flowers shriveled then ...