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Questions About Bulb Care

Asked by
Anonymous on
October 6, 2011

Q. Forcing Bulbs

How long does it take after pre-chilling for a bulb to come into flower? I need some flower stems in February, so if I pre-chill from now till mid-Dec, when am I likely to see blooms?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 7, 2011
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Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/forcing-bulbs.htm

It varies. It really just depends on conditions. A good rule of thumb is to plan on 6 weeks from starting the bulbs. But if you need them on a certain date, I would start a few every week in succession, planning for 8-4 weeks.

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Asked by
Luvy62 on
October 31, 2011

Q. Bulb plants

How to take care of bulb plants that were supposed to be for outside but are not.

Answered by
Heather on
November 6, 2011
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This article will help you with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm

But, just so you know, you can plant spring blooming bulbs up until the time the ground freezes. They don't mind at all.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 7, 2011

Q. Moving Flower Bulbs

We’ve bought a new house and will be moving at the end of December/beginning of January. I have many bulbs planted around my house, and I’m wondering the best way to move them. I live in a 5/6 zone. I won’t be able to plant them in the ground right away. What would be the best way to store them until I can replant the bulbs?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 7, 2011
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Asked by
lakemartin62 on
February 26, 2012

Q. killing bermuda grass

I have the running Bermuda (??) grass in my flower beds. I have dug, sprayed and pulled, but it keeps coming back. There are some places I can’t spray because of flower bulbs. Can you tell me something I can use that won’t hurt my bulbs?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 27, 2012
Certified Expert
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Unfortunately, there's little else you can do other than hand pulling. You could try pouring boiling water on the areas where the Bermuda grass is growing, but this will kill whatever it comes into contact with, so you'll have to take care not to get the water on your bulb plants.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 16, 2012

Q. Planting Bulbs Now That Are Blooming

If I buy bulbs that are blooming now, can I plant them without harming them? I need color in my yard now, something that cold nights will not end their blooming season.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 17, 2012
Certified Expert
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It should be ok to plant sprouted bulbs provided that you do so right away. Otherwise, they will require storage.

Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/is-it-too-late-to-plant-bulbs-when-to-plant-bulbs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/how-to-store-bulbs-that-have-sprouted.htm

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Asked by
tmc on
May 22, 2012

Q. where to store spring bulbs?

I recently asked about moving bulbs due to construction. Now that I have them in pots and the leaves have dried, now what? Keep them in sun or shade? Keep them watered? Outside or basement?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 22, 2012
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I would place them in a cool, dark location like a garage or basement. If they're in the basement, check on them monthly to ensure they are not getting soft (rotting) due to moisture. Do not water them. This article will help with specific storage and planting info for spring bulbs (near bottom): https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm

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Asked by
valente1971 on
January 18, 2013

Q. How Do Keep Squirrels From Digging Up Bulbs

How do you keep squirrels from digging up bulbs?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
January 18, 2013
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Thee following articles should be of help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/protect-flower-bulbs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/get-rid-squirrels.htm
A couple of notes. If you use the layers of sharp gravel, use 1.5 - 2 inches. If you use things like blood meal, hair or spray on deterrants, be aware that with time or rain, these become ineffective. We have found that live-trapping is a waste of time.

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