Bulbs forum: Growing bulbs in the south

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2010 1:35 PM CST
What bulbs perform best in your southern garden?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2010 1:39 PM CST
....and what problems have you run into with growing bulb plants in the south?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
Feb 5, 2010 8:44 AM CST
Lookin' forward to future blogs/discussions! Thanks for starting this forum!
Glendale, Arizona
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HaroldS
Feb 7, 2010 1:38 PM CST
Thanks! - the low chill bulb factor I need. Is there a list for zone 9?
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 7, 2010 5:24 PM CST
Harold, that's a good question. I did a little searching on line and didn't come up with a list specifically for zone 9. Brent & Becky's site is a good one for recommendations for southern gardens, have you checked them out?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
College Station,TX
zone 8
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teacup754
Feb 21, 2010 12:04 PM CST
I have a question about how/when to divide my daffodils. Some of them have already finished blooming, others are coming along. But I can tell i planted them too close together.When can I dig them up and replant for the best results? Any tricks i need to know?
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 2:00 AM CST
Thanks Neal for setting this forum up. It's really difficult knowing which bulbs will survive down here!

Kat
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 22, 2010 5:51 AM CST
Teacup, once your bulbs have finished blooming, and the foliage has had time to replenish the bulbs for next years bloom cycle, the leaves will start yellowing. That is the best time to dig them- while there is still some foliage attached and you can see where to dig (and avoid slicing into the bulbs). Once the yellowing starts, keep a close eye out- they disappear quickly. Here that happens in June for Daffodils, and a little earlier for other bulbs- probably a few weeks earlier in your neck of the woods.

After digging you can either go ahead and replant the bulbs, or store them in a dry place and replant in fall.

Kat, you're so welcome! Are you growing any bulb plants presently?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Well Neal...Not as many as I would like too!

But I am a Caladium Freak and plant them both in pots and in the ground...

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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 8:47 AM CST
Here's my favorite though - Neomarica or Walking Iris/Apostle Plant

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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 8:49 AM CST
And I know this isn't a favorite of all as it is sometimes considered a weed, but I love it in pots - Purple Oxalis

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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 8:50 AM CST
I've also been planting a few Amarylis lately - Here's Lady Jane

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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Feb 22, 2010 8:51 AM CST
I love purple oxalis too KatG. It gives a punch of color for me.I've never tired it in a container though. Great idea!
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 8:54 AM CST
Teacup - it goes great with others also...Here it is sitting with some Orchids

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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 22, 2010 8:55 AM CST
And is great for showing off light colored foliage plants

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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Feb 22, 2010 8:58 AM CST
Those are gorgeous KatG! I have to go to work now.... drat, I can't wait to see what cubits has going on now that it is"live" ( KatG,Love your container cubit too)
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Feb 22, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Awesome Kat! I love purple Oxalis too, in pots and in the ground. Its not weedy at all here. I think the weedy forms of Oxalis have given the nice ones a bad name. That Walking Iris is gorgeous too! I'm a big fan of Caladiums too, gonna get some more for my shady deck containers for this year.

Have you tried Pineapple Lilies? I grow them in containers, but you'd have the option of keeping them in the ground there. Callas are great too, I've even found them winter hardy here.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Glendale, Arizona
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HaroldS
Feb 24, 2010 9:32 PM CST
I have several kinds of Daffodils blooming now. Here is one I really like - a tiny, mini, has come back now for 3 years.
It's really hard to get the perspective tho to show how tiny they are. Anyone else growing these?


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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
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Katg
Feb 24, 2010 10:39 PM CST
Neal...I did try the Pineapple Lillies one year and they're okay. I had planted them into the ground though and my soil is so bad. They came up but weren't up that impressive. Next time though, I'm going to put them into pots.

Now Cannas...again when I plant them in the ground...they're just okay. But when I put them in Containers they're great. I wish I had of taken a photo of these when they had bloomed...but even without the bloom, the foliage is beautiful! (tropicana).

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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Feb 25, 2010 8:55 AM CST
HaroldS, I love those tiny daffodils. Do you know the name?

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