Bulbs forum: What to do about no shows

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Name: Bill Brescia
Neshoba County Mississippi (Zone 9a)
bbrescia
Apr 8, 2016 5:27 PM CST
Last fall/winter I bought a bunch of bulbs from a big box store. Less than half came up. I'm guessing it was bulb quality but a friend suggests I dig up the area to see what happened to those bulbs? Is it worth it? If it is a bug of some sort what do I do?
Bill----
(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Apr 8, 2016 6:27 PM CST
I am sure others may have a differing opinion but unless I had paid a good bit for those bulbs I wouldn't waste my time doing that.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 10, 2016 7:33 AM CST
I agree----sometimes you are best to just work on something which will bloom.
If they were expensive and rare bulbs---then investigate?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 10, 2016 5:23 PM CST
I can see that it might be worth it to investigate. Those might have been cheap bulbs, but better to find out the cause now than to wait until expensive bulbs have been planted and then find out later that the same problem might cause them not to come up also.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 12, 2016 10:33 AM CST
What kind of bulbs were they?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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