My first bulbs, what should I pick?

calik8(sunset18)September 29, 2011

I live in the San Fernando Valley of L.A.

I think I have time to buy some bulbs and stick them in the fridge for a month before planting. I will plant these bulbs in containers. I only know I am not interested in Iris or Calla Lilly. So where is good place to shop that has low prices and a large varieties? What bulbs produce heavily scented blooms?

TIA

Kate

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pizzuti(5A)

Narrow it down a little...

Do you want something easy to grow that will bloom year after year in your climate?

Do you want something really big and showy and not care if it blooms once but is difficult to keep growing?

Do you want traditional temperate-climate spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips?

I would look up some tropical bulbs that are right for your climate. Drought-tolerant varieties might do better in containers. You could grow hippeastrum (amaryllis) or clivia or gladiolus... too many to list!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 12:24AM
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kemistry(8 - Oregon)

tuberose, tuberose and more tuberose ;) Very easy to grow and smells so nice! (A fine perfume of jasmine with coconut in the mix)

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 3:34AM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Heavily scented - for spring - Hyacinths. Also consider tazetta and jonquil daffodils. (Divisions 7 and 8.)

Another scented - Freesia burtonii. These are shorter than the big florists' freesias - cream with a yellow throat and hardy to light frosts. They look great with yellow Lachenalia and/or blue or purple Muscari.

For later in spring - Leucocoryne. Later again - oriental lilies (stargazer type. The asiatics aren't usually scented.)

For the daffodils they do prefer being in-ground as they like to 'dig in' but they will probably flower for the first year in pot or tub. The Hyacinths are more reliable for lasting over into flowering the following season - and the others I've listed.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 4:30AM
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