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bulbs in the Baltimore/Washington DC area

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 15, 13 at 22:27

I'm in Howard Cty, MD, just west of I-95.

I see lots of daffs and tulips here in spring. Not many crocuses, but a few.

What does and does not do well here? If you compare to my native state, Ohio, what's no longer an option, and what opens up as an option?

A few that I like if someone can chime in:

Colchicums - do these do well here? Do they perennialize?

True autumn crocus?

Spring-blooming crocuses

Lycoris? I grew L. squamigera in Ohio, but here I presume that not only these, but the L. radiata etc are OK?? How about Crinums or Nerines?

Based on our average January highs being under 45 degrees, I assume that "chilling hours" for most plants are sufficient. Soils do get cold (usually under 40 degrees) although rarely freeze to any real depth.

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RE: bulbs in the Baltimore/Washington DC area

I have grown crocus. The critters like them above and below the ground. Crocus tommasinianus do better for me. The bloom is not as large as Crocus versus but they are pretty. I have L. radiate and they do okay. I love the large allium, Ambassador, Globemaster, etc. The deer leave them alone. I just canceled my tulip order because of the deer. I am planting deer resistant varieties instead.
Ree in Montgomery Co., MD

RE: bulbs in the Baltimore/Washington DC area

vernus not versus. Jeez.

RE: bulbs in the Baltimore/Washington DC area

I'm pretty new to bulbs in general, but I'm growing daffs, crocus, dahlias, glads all successfully out about an hour west of you in VA. I've added snake heads fritillaries, Grecian windflowers, winter aconites, Siberian squill, and silver bells, literally, just today so we will see how those go!

RE: bulbs in the Baltimore/Washington DC area

I'm very late with this reply but I'm in southern Frederick County and grow hybrid and species crocus for spring bloom as well as fall blooming crocus (just starting to bloom now). Colchicum are easy but spread slowly. Lycoris squamigera no problem but nerines and L. radiata have failed for me due to cold, although with our last two winters being so warm they probably would have been fine.
I have four large crinum clumps (10 years old) which I mulch heavily in late fall with shredded leaves but for all I know they might be fine without the mulch. I just don't want to take the chance. Also bletilla (hardy ground orchid) is very easy and spreads well. Hope this helps.

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