Crocosmia bulbs, ok to nick?

lotodig(z6Mid Tenn)April 15, 2010

Want to say hello and let you regular posters know that I enjoy you postings and am getting a lot of good info about bulbs.

I have gardened for years and have a pretty good collection of perennials and have decided to expand my small collection Crocosmia "Lucifer" to different colors. I just got in some bulbs I ordered and have soaked them overnight in water. My question is do you think if I "nick" them it will help speed up the sprouting process? I would sure like to get some blooms this summer.

thanks for the info you share

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

I had never heard of 'nicking' any bulbs before planting, but in doing a little search I see one can do that to the Glad bulbs.

If in doubt, I wouldn't do it and take a chance on possibly damaging them. If you have several Crocosmia corms, you could try it with a couple and plant them seperate of the others that were not nicked and see what happens.


Here is a link that might be useful: Spring planted bulbs

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 12:17PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I thought the title meant snitching a few :-)

Crocosmia are extemely vigorous here. However, cutting, or nicking, a bulb is to invite disease. If I accidently cut a bulb I dust with sulpher immediately. It's like a cut on your hand - open to infection.

Bulbs have their own time schedule in tune with nature. Nicking them is not going to speed things up. Nicking a sweet pea seed is a whole different matter.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 9:05PM
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