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Ramp bulbs planted in pots

Zone Zone 6 | Anonymous added on January 26, 2019 | Answered

I recently acquires ramp bulbs and have planted them in large pots with just the tip showing. I’m in eastern Washington (zone 6) with freezing temps at night (10-25 degrees celsius), often in the 30’s during the day and lots of snow on the ground until April. Since they can’t yet be planted in the ground where would be a good place to put the potted bulbs outdoors? I’ve considered putting them near the house on either the south or west side or will that be too cold. Larry

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MichiganDot
Answered on January 27, 2019

An article on this website suggests the following: "If you are growing ramps using transplanting, plant bulbs in February or March (as soon as the soil has thawed). Set bulbs 3 inches deep and 4-6 inches apart. Water and mulch the bed with 2-3 inches of composted leaves."
They require a moist, shaded growing area and will take 3-5 years to reach harvesting size if you want a perennial patch. Unlike scallions, these can't be harvested quickly as it will effectively kill the plant. You might find this article helpful: https://modernfarmer.com/2016/09/ramps/

Read more at Gardening Know How: Uses For Ramps: How To Grow Wild Leek Ramps In The Garden https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/ramps/grow-wild-leek-ramps.htm

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