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when to split

Posted by derfy 5 MI (derfberger@yahoo.com) on
Fri, Aug 10, 12 at 10:10

Okay people. Need your input.
I have various outdoor plants that have bulbs that I take out in the fall and store for the winter then put them back into the ground in spring.
So here's the question-when is the best time to split the bulbs, when I take them out of the ground in the fall or when I put them back into the ground in the spring?


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RE: when to split

I'd say - when the bulblets are ready to leave momma. When the bulb is ready for storage. Works for bulbs that produce lots of 'spawn' such as Freesia, Ixia, Oxalis.

Mostly while dormant and just before replanting because the bulbs seem to be more loosely connected at that time.

For not-bulbs such as Clivia, late summer works well for me. There's still enough growing time for the division cuts to heal and the separated plants to settle into their new pots or patch of dirt.

It could be helpful if you'd list the species you're dealing with, however.


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