Bulbs forum: Planting Muscari

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jun 2, 2013 11:40 AM CST
I recently moved from Utah to our new place in Idaho. I have lots of land to plant on, but a lot of it is on a very steep hill. So, I'm tossing wildflower seeds there and hope that some of them grow. When I was digging up my daylilies to bring with me, I also dug up a huge amount of Muscari and brought them too. I thought they would look nice growing on the hillside. I don't want them in any flower beds that I make because they totally took over in Utah.

Do I need to plant each bulb, or can they be tossed down the hillside? I've never planted them myself, so I'm not sure. The friend that we rented our house to for 8 years is the one who put them in the garden. I know that they have come up really bad from seed, and some of the bulbs are very tiny, and won't bloom for a while. Planting each one is impossible to even think about!

Any suggestions? I know that I could plant them in clumps pretty easily, but I'd like them to grow all over the hillside.
Natalie
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jun 26, 2013 8:02 PM CST

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I plant Muscari 4-5" deep which works pretty well. I can't imagine broadcasting the bulbs would lead to a good result. If you have a dibble or hand pick axe maybe you could plant them in clumps here and there. Shrug!
Evan
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 26, 2013 8:06 PM CST
Thanks Evan. I appreciate the information. I've saved a bunch of seed, so I'll broadcast that, and plant the bulbs. I figured out two days ago that there is a lot of rock below the surface, but I should be able to get them in the ground deep enough. I have pulled Muscari before and forgot to pick it up. It was on top of the dirt all winter long, with lots of snow on it, and it bloomed in the Spring! It really didn't look to me like the roots were even in the ground, which is why I thought maybe they really didn't need to be buried, and if they did, I didn't think they would need to be too deep.

Thanks again for the help!
Natalie
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jun 26, 2013 8:09 PM CST

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Let us know how it works out. A hillside of wildflowers sounds fantastic.
Evan
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Natalie
Jun 26, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Will do! I've got a lot of hillside to cover, so it will take a while, but I can't wait!
Natalie

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