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Anonymous on
April 15, 2011

Q. Grubs in My Flower Beds

I need help. I have grubs in my flower beds. I have treated my lawn and now they are in my beds. Can I put the grub killer in my flower bed with my bulbs and such growing, or will it my kill flowers?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 16, 2011
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Asked by
aggie1 on
May 14, 2011

Q. watering bulbs planted outside in Mesa, Az.

Do I water them every time it is dry, every other day, or how often? What are good plants to grow in shade in hanging planters?

Answered by
Heather on
May 15, 2011
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If they are in containers, you should water daily. If they are in the ground, they need 2-4" of water a week.

This article will help with some hanging basket suggestions:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/hanging-basket-plants.htm

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Anonymous on
May 21, 2011

Q. Storing New Bulbs

I was given several new bulbs this spring. I do not have time to plant them this year, as we just moved into a new house and the garden needs a complete overhaul. We were saving this for next year. Question: is it possible to save the bulbs for planting next year, or are they useless if we don’t plant them now? We live in the Okanagan of BC, Canada.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 21, 2011
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If you will be storing them, wrap them in newspaper to store in the garage. But I do want to let you know that if they are spring blooming bulbs that you would normally plant in the fall, they can be planted in the ground until the ground freezes.

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Anonymous on
May 26, 2011

Q. More Bulbs Than I Can Plant

I live with my father in Wisconsin, and this year he purchased way more bulbs than he could plant. I fear that it may be too late in the season to plant these bulbs now. There is a vast variety that are not planted. They are currently in the boxes they arrived in. Do you think they still might have a chance if I can get them quickly in the ground? Would it be better if I store them until fall, and if so how?

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Anonymous on
June 1, 2011

Q. Taking Care of Daffodil and Tulip Bulbs After Flowering

What do I do after my bulbs have finished blooming? Can I leave them in the soil, or do I have to pull them up and store the bulbs? If I have to pull them up, when do I do that? Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 1, 2011
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Either option will work, but keep in mind that when storing your bulbs for next season, this may vary depending on where you are located. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/storing-bulbs-in-south.htm

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Anonymous on
June 19, 2011

Q. Storing Bulbs

Have just removed all the bulbs I had in 7 window boxes and hope to use them next year, perhaps even naturalizing some in the lawn. I read the information on your site, but it doesn’t mention anything about whether or not the roots should be cut before storing. When buying bulbs from the local garden centre, they never seem to have roots on. Perhaps you can enlighten me.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 20, 2011
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You do not have to remove any of the roots from plants, just clean them off and dry them prior to storage. New bulbs, from the garden center, for example, typically have not formed roots yet. This is why you don't see them with roots.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 27, 2011

Q. What To Do With The Roots

I just cut the almost dead leaves off and took the bulb out of the dirt. I have put it in a dry place to dry out, but I don’t know what to to about the roots. Do I cut them off? I live in the Florida Keys, so I will have to put them in the fridge when they get dry. Please let me know about the roots.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 28, 2011
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Once the bulb is dry, yes, you can trim the roots.

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