Bulbs from old homestead.

yellowdog5May 21, 2009

I dug some jonquils and another type of spring bulb from and old homestead several days ago. I left part of the leaves on and put them in a large tub containing planting mix, 5 or 6 inches under the dirt. I plan on putting them into planters. Should I go ahead and put them in the planters now., since they have already been dug up, or should I wait until later this summer, and leave them in the dirt for now? I realize that ideally they should be dug up in late summer, but I had to get them now if I wanted them.

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

I'd wait until later so the bulbs get the benefit of fresh mix and food for growing on over winter-spring.

Another plus would be - usuing your planters over summer for a different display and then refreshing with the bulbs and hardy cover plants for winter-spring.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 8:59PM
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yellowdog5

OK, should I water or fertilize at this time?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 10:40AM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

If you had to break roots - and trim back the leaves - there's not much growing system left to cope with plentiful water or food. Rot is likely at one end or t'other if you're generous.

Unless you know you're going to get little or no rain for a few months to come - stick with the rainfall you get, so long as your container is well-drained (generous holes, clear of the ground).

While there are still leaves you could give something like a very dilute liquid fertiliser that is evenly balanced. The potash in the mix helps the bulb to harden off and form buds for the following year.

Let the holding tub's mix gradually dry off over the summer so the bulbs go into dormancy. Once they're hardened off and have good insulation from the soil, they don't mind being dry.

If your mix has Those Water Crystals (humph!) added, be particularly careful with watering - far more frugal than you'd be with a plain mix.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 11:01PM
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