mystery bulb

drich30099April 23, 2011

HI, I found a pot with dirt in it in my garage and thought it was something left over from annuals or something from last summer, so today I'm dumping the dirt out of it and found a bulb in it! I cannot remember what I was growing in the pot last yr. The bulb looks like a med. to lg. onion, with thick, long, roots that were very rubbery so therefore pretty healthy looking, white, looked like octopus arms! The bulb looked healthy so I replanted and I guess I'll see what happens! Anyone have any ideas as to what it could be? Maybe it will jog my memory and I'll realize what it is!

thanks, deb

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

Might it be an old dahlia 'tuber' that has grown new long smaller tubers (like octopus arms)

A picture of the bulb or bulb like thing might help with identification.

If you need help posting a pic, just holler.

chemocurl...aka Sue

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 9:05AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Sounds more like a hyacinth to me. Looks like a medium onion with rubbery white roots fits a hyacinth. Or possibly a daffodil but less likely to be planted singly in a pot. Did you have a potted hyacinth last year?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 7:00AM
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drich30099

No, it is definitely not a daffodil or dahlia. I don't normally have potted annual bulbs in pots. I'm thinking something tropical?, i don't know.
I could take a pic. and post, just tell me how!
thanks!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 10:58AM
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drich30099

Could it be Peruvian Daffodil, ismene festalis? I bought one bulb last yr. on clearance, it never did much just put out a few leaves. But it was not that big of a bulb then, this is 3" across! And the roots are long and thick, hmmmm just an idea!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 11:48AM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

cool. I bet it will flower this summer!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 9:05PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Ismene. Hippeastrum. Galtonia. Haemanthus. Scadoxus. (But, if you bought one on spec last year - Ismene/Hymenocallis sounds pretty likely.)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 8:52AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Did you have a boxed Amaryllis last year?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 11:17AM
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