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Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Brinybay
Aug 26, 2016 12:52 PM CST
I transplanted some crocosmia that were in an area where they were getting smothered by ground cover (SJW). Some, if not most, of the stems are a bit beat in the process of first cutting back the SJW and then digging them up to move them. My question is should I just prune off the leaves and wait for them to regrow, or just leave them?

The other question is about the bulbs. In the picture below, I see what looks like several bulbs on one plant, is that the case? Some of the ones I replanted looked like this, a couple of them were just a single bulb.

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Aug 26, 2016 3:53 PM CST
Hi Greg,

Yes, that's how they grow - a stack of bulbs. Only the top bulb (the one with the 'eye') is the growing part of the plant. The rest of the bulbs are storage. Plant the entire stack. You can take the stacks apart and replant any that have an 'eye' but it will take a couple years for them to bloom again.
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Brinybay
Oct 23, 2016 3:27 PM CST
Happy to report that the transplanted orange crocosmia appear to be doing ok, along with the single red one I had in a container. I gave half of what we had to a neighbor. They all wilted and turned brown right after I transplanted them, but they came back eventually. My wife wanted me to put them along a strip by the shed where she weeded, so I dug out a bed the width and depth of a garden rake (because that's what I used to dig the bed with). Put in some top soil and a layer of planting compost on top of that and planted them mostly according to info I found online, I think it said 6-8" apart and 2-3" deep.

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"Love the people who treat you right and forget the ones who don't." - Chiune Sugihara
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 23, 2016 3:35 PM CST
Thumbs up Looking good!

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