is it too late for winter aconite?

riley17(5)March 10, 2009

Hello, I planted winter aconite this past fall and the package said they would come up in January or February. However, I still dont see little green shoots or anything poking up through the ground and its March.... Should I keep waiting or do you think they wont grow? The little snowdrops I planted with them havent come up yet either, but I think maybe its still too early for them?

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

In your zone,it might be a little early for them. I think too that newly planted things from the previous fall are sometimes a little later to emerge their first spring. I would not give up hope on them yet. Has the ground been thawed there for very long?


    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 6:29PM
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I'm not sure, I dont think so. Its maybe been thawed for about two weeks. I didnt think about that, lol. Of course the ground cant be frozen for them to come up in, I guess I hit the panic button a little too early. I'm really excited about seeing them though, so I hope they eventually come up.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 6:33PM
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Galanthus bulbs don't store very well, don't be too surprised if you get a scant showing. They're better purchased 'in the green'.

But, the good news is they naturalize, so if you do get a few, they will get it going.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 8:20PM
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greenmulberry(5-Iowa City)

I have a well established patch, been here longer than I have owned the house, and it hasn't come up this year yet. We are in the same zone, so don't worry just yet.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 10:00PM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

They still have some time, give them another few weeks.

Where and when did you purchase them? Eranthus has a short shelf life, and if they are not planted promptly, they die. I ordered from a reputable dealer (B&B), planted immediately and I still had only about 50% come up last spring. The ones that did make it multiplied and look gorgeous this year, by the way. Definitely try again this fall if this batch didn't make it - they are so worth it.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 3:18PM
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hagey(z5 MI)

Today as I looked out of the kitchen window, I saw bright yellow areas in the back yard. I went out to see what it was, and I have about a dozen clumps blooming. They are not as tall as they were last year yet but really look nice.
I live in zone 5, and they are always the first to bloom in the spring. We have had a lot of snow cover this winter, and really have not had too many days above freezing.
I hope you find them coming up soon.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 7:20PM
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I think I found one!!! I'm not sure what it is though, so it could be any of the hundred + bulbs I planted this spring. lol. I got them from van borgondien, or however you spell it. I planted them right away too, so I'm hoping I get some. I cant tell whats what when its coming up until they flower and then I'll know what these things are that are coming up. I planted some aconite, snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, and siberian squill, english blue bells, uh I had a mental block and forgot the name but its those things that are related to onions, and soem other kinds too. I cant remember where I planted what so I have to wait to see what it all is lol. At least I'll have a nice surprise this spring when everything (hopefully) comes up! Thanks for responding!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 9:37PM
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