potted galtonias with no flowers

rebaru(z5 QC)June 5, 2010

I got three bulbs last year that I grew in a pot. I kept the pot in my (heated) garage in the winter, but probably because it has a small window, the galtonias started coming up very early. Repotting them I broke a stem, but still now there are leaves from all 3 bulbs. But, there are no flowers coming. I decided last week to give them some bulb booster fertilizer, but what else can i do to help along flowers for next year? and should i make sure they are stored in the DARK? Thanks for your advice!

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Start them in the pots - then, when they're well away - get them into the garden.

Lots of yummy compost. Well-drained soil and reliable water. Sunshine. And back of the border because they grow to be Rather Large. You'd need a tub more than a pot to grow them well.

Remove in autumn and keep frost free then do as you did and pot up for getting them started in spring.

(G candicans gets to be around 4' high and has generous leaves, too. Not a shy plant...)

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 6:28AM
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calistoga_al

One of my favorite and most reliable bloomers here. It is too early in the year to expect flowers. My patch is over 10 years old and about 3 feet in diameter from a single bulb. For several years I have been saving seed and growing them to bulbs to give to friends, which is how I got my bulb. My soil is well fortified with compost, but I have never used fertilizer. Our temperatures seldom fall below 25 degrees. They make sturdy stems which never require staking. Al

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 8:02AM
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