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Can't distinguish between bulbs

Posted by janaw 7 (My Page) on
Sat, May 16, 09 at 22:39

I'm not great with distinguishing bulbs, even though I love them.

We moved into this house last August. About September I had beautiful Lycoris radiata blooming. In this same area I had daffodils come up this spring. Today I dug a new bed for some peonies in this same general area, and came across hundres of bulbs (I have a 40 gallon bucket full. How can I tell the difference between the Naked Ladies and the Daffodil bulbs?

My daughter-in-laws want Daffodils and I want the Naked Ladies.

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RE: Can't distinguish between bulbs

It might just be the way things are in this zone: I'd have thought that your daffodils would still have leaves. Or, even if they're winding down into browned off remains, the bulbs would still be holding their roots as active and white, whereas the Lycoris may not have started into putting out roots yet.

The Lycoris I have are also quite near the surface - necks nearly out, whereas the daffodils are often quite a lot deeper.

If all else fails - you could excavate a known patch of daffodils and check 'where they're at' .

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