New bulbs didnt bloom - save them?

mandolls(4)May 16, 2010

I am not experienced with spring blooming bulbs. The first time I planted them, about five years ago, I purchased close to $50 worth of what must have become food for the squirrels and chipmunks, because most of them never showed.

That put me off for a while, but last fall I tried it again. I planted daffodils, crocus, lavender mountain lilies and alpine rosy bells. I planted them with a little bulb booster fertilizer and a few moth balls to scare off the rodents. I also added a little bone meal when they started showing in April. Every single one of them came up! The daffodils and crocus were lovely, but the other two types didnt bloom at all. They are definitely not over crowded, The soil is great (my new asiatic lilies all more than doubled). But right now I have some fairly large patches, of what looks like spindly green onions in my bed. I am trying to decide whether to just pull them up, or leave them, hoping for blooming next year.

Any advice? Did I just get bulbs that were to young to bloom? I am getting a refund on them from the company, so tossing them wouldnt seem like I am throwing away the money. But if they might be bloomers next year, I will keep them.

Thanks for your help.

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

So what didn't bloom? The lavender mountain lilies and alpine rosy bells? I'm not familar with these names. Could you clarify.

Generally bulbs that have been planted properly (soil, sun, etc) will bloom. It's possible if they are hardy types they will bloom next year. You may have gotten ones that were kept in storage too long.

Squirrels love to dig up crocus - search posts to find how to keep them.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 1:40AM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Perfect example of why it's always a good idea to buy bulbs that you know will thrive in your area, and why, if there is no scientific name listed on the box, to be highly suspicious. On the other hand, they did come up and that's a hopeful sign. I would definitely give them a year or two more before I give up on them. They just might settle in and be glorious. Or, they may die, and save you the trouble of digging them up. :)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 5:08PM
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Nancy zone 6

I can't think of what the name for the mountain lilies are, I think they resemble camassia. Rosy bells are probably a form of allium. Both may bloom yet, they don't bloom as early as daffs.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 7:07PM
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Thanks folks, I do actually see blooms forming now ! Almost a month later than the daffs. It seems odd that the mail order company immediately refunded my money instead of telling me that they would bloom later than the others. I looked up the latin names - Allium Oreophilum and Ixiolirion Tataricum.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 7:06AM
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