The Q&A Archives: How long for my bulbs to sprout?

Question: I planted some summer bulbs about two nonths ago , some 1 month. Anemones De Cain, Ranunculus persian buttercups 4/5cm, and Gladiolis large flowering. How long do they take to sprout in containers? What should I be looking for? I live in zone 9 close to the bay beach, Fla. They are in dappled shade. Thanks for your help, God bless!

Answer: Summer flowering bulbs generally sprout just a few weeks after planting, providing the soil is warm enough. If you planted in June or July, they certainly should have sprouted by now. Just out of curiosity, I'd empty the container and inspect the bulbs. If they dried out, or if they were kept too wet, the bulbs may have died. You'll be able to tell if they're shriveled or if they're soggy. Sometimes, if bulbs are planted too deeply, they will run out of stored energy before the sprouts can reach the soil surface. If, after inspecting the bulbs, they still look healthy, replant them - only about 2" below the soil surface. Hope they bloom for you this year!

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