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old bulbs

Posted by plantnut65 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 2, 13 at 23:25

I recently found a box in the crawlspace of my family's old home, it was full of about two hundred old plant bulbs of all shapes and size quite a variety. Most, if you peel the onion type skin from them have a hard center yet soft enough to cut it in half with a knife., I have never messed with bulbs let alone old ones. Should I just toss them or what?
I'm reminded of scientist finding seeds for olive tree in the tomb of someone and planting the seeds, and getting a old long gone variety of olive tree, who knows?
If there's a possibility, how do I proceed? Have no idea what kind they are, guess that's what make the whole thing a want to do, thing. will appreciate any come back!


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RE: old bulbs

Well all you will be out is your time, if you have a place to plant them and find out if any are still viable. Al


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RE: old bulbs

Cool! You should totally plant them and see what you get! Some kinds of bulbs can survive a long time unplanted. You never know what you might get!


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RE: old bulbs

Plant the bulbs as deep as about 3 times their size. A 2" bulb would get planted about 6 inches deep, etc.

Be prepared for rodents and other pests to dig them up. Sounds like fun to try planting them.


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RE: old bulbs

And...once you have them in the ground be sure to take a 'before' picture.

Then in April of next year, take an 'after' picture.

And post both of them here!

Jim


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can i plant these after I harvest the winter gardens, because all my gardens are replanted now with fall through winter varieties and should I divide them out in size, I had planned to simply arrange the bulbs with top up. Included is a picture of now


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