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Extreme novice needs help with unknown bulb

Posted by DetroitHydraulicGirl 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 2, 14 at 19:41

Bought a 1920's home that the flower beds have not been worked on in years. Since I now have a large amount of space and some garden beds already built up. Unfortunately, a lot of the beds turned up being very heavy in clay. So, we bought some manure compost to work in and came across these bulbs. Now, this picture was taken by my husband, and they are in the bottom of a drinking glass. I am thinking perhaps tulips? They look old though and more like a small onion. Any help on this one? I don't want to plant something that is either bad for my future garden, or has been buried too long to bother re-planting.

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RE: Extreme novice needs help with unknown bulb

looks like tulip.. i think water is distorting the image ...

and i sure hope you dont have them under water ... they are not an aquatic ...

they could be stored.. dry ... until proper planting time in fall...

or replanted immediately .. the problem with this.. is not remembering where you plant them... or not being ready to plant...

if tulip... store like an onion ... in fact .. an onion/potato sack would be perfect ...

most any bulb you run across... bloomed in spring.. [there are very few exceptions in MI] ....stored energy with the withering leaves.. and basically sit dormant until cooler fall soil triggers a leaf or two ... which winter over.. and then the rest comes in spring ...

grew up in livonia.. and am now in adrian..

welcome to GW ....


RE: Extreme novice needs help with unknown bulb

Thank you Ken. I removed them from the water, and will let them dry out for a bit. They are more tear dropped shaped, which is why I was thinking a tulip. My husband and I are still working the bed. It's slow going because the top is dry, but go down a few inches and it's just thick. It's a semi sunny area, definitely not the sunniest part of the yard. It's actually against my detached garage against the back wall. There used to be a lot of flooding, but the previous homeowner built up portions of the yard and it's no longer an issue. Will probably just replant in the fall and I appreciate your time...I foresee myself posting here at least a few more times since so far I've had peonies pop up, daylilies, milkweeds, and stinkhorns LOL it's been interesting...

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