Bulbs under landscape fabric

Scott BarrettMay 25, 2009

Hi - I just rehabbed a long shady strip by our driveway, and put down landscape fabric and mulch. I have a bunch of hosta, lily of the valley, astilbe, and dicentra bulbs. If I plant them under the fabric, with slits to grow through, will they sprout/grow? Of should I start them in containers, then transplant once at the seedling stage?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

You can do it either way. They should do fine.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 1:59PM
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Carrie B

If you can reconsider the landscape fabric - I would. I garden for a living, and I can tell you from experience, that after a year or so, the landscape fabric will cause wayyyy more problems than it solves.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 2:35PM
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socal23(USDA10/Sunset23)

I want to second Carrie. Landscape fabric is okay for a low maintenance shrub planting with pre-emergents; it isn't really suitable for a perennial border.

Ryan

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 12:16PM
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Carrie B

(Ryan! We meet again...)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:24PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

The lily of the valley has thug tendencies and can probably outrun your landscaping fabric.

Each of the other plants you mention will sooner or eventually outgrow its slit.

If you dream of generous clumps of Hosta offset by those lovely ferny fronds of Dicentra - go for a reasonably thick cover of fine to medium nugget-size bark mulch over a generous helping of aged commercially made compost (to ensure no weed seeds).

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 4:24AM
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