Newbie with a Question about mold...

Calamity_J(z7bc)April 19, 2009

Hi All! I was at my local Flea Market and got carried away with buying some gladiola bulbs(3pkgs/$5), only to get them home and see that 2 pkgs worth are moldy at the root area, is there some way I can ...say dip in bleach? or something? so I can save them? Do they need to be tossed? It seems such a shame! Well now I've lived and learned...if it seems to good to be true....But I really would like to save them if I could. Jane

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A bleach solution would probably be effective. I usually put moldy bulbs in a bag with sulfer and roll them around so all is coated. Mold grows due to the bulbs being stored damp in an area without good air circulation. If the bulbs are still firm they should be OK. Al

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 9:58PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Thank You Al! I realized that I should of looked that up on the search engine...I've planted half and will plant the other half today...hopefully they'll work. I have only dealt with actual grown plantsbefore...never seeds ot bulbs...so this is new to me! I only do flowers so far and shrubs, haven't tried annuals or veggies yet...but I'll get there! It's just all the weeding!!!lol! A houseplant you water once a week...no weeding, but after weeding my whole yard(1/2acre) I gotta start all over again!!! I used to have over 200 house plants but gave em all away to have more time with my new passion....outdoor plants!!! I get Spring Fever sooo BAD!!! I know I sound very enthusiastic but my yard isn't living up to the enthusiasm....I go crazy at it for 3 mos and then abruptly stop gardening!!! I gotta be one of you "Long Distance" Gardeners!!!lol! Oh ya, I dug the moldy bulbs out of the composter and washed them with a solution of bleach and a little brush...now to plant them!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 9:28AM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

Yep, what Al said. I've planted lots of moldy bulbs, and as long as the flesh underneath the mold is firm, they do fine. I don't even bother washing them in bleach solution, most of the time.

Mulch, mulch, mulch! That will cut down on your weeding and prevent the mid-summer burnout.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 7:30PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Thanks...I've been discovering that mulch is my new best friend!!!lol!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 9:57PM
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The hidden benefit of mulch is the restored microbial life in the upper level of the soil. Worms will soon appear from no where to feast on the fungus and bacteria and your soil structure and ability to retain both air and water will be noticeably improved. Al

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 9:34AM
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