Bulbs forum: Shade bulbs

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Name: Angela
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AR
Mar 28, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Are their flowering bulbs that grow great in the shade that I could plant now?
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 29, 2015 7:07 AM CST
Is your shade permanent, like from a structure or evergreens, or is it shade from deciduous trees?
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Name: Angela
(Zone 7b)
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Mar 29, 2015 8:08 AM CST
I have a container that only gets about 4 hours of morning sun.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 29, 2015 8:43 AM CST
If you're considering spring flowering bulbs, there are lots that would do well. You would treat them somewhat like forced bulbs. These are planted in the fall, but on line bulb vendors are starting to list 2015 selections now. However, most spring bulbs aren't so great for keeping in a pot all the time, and provide only a short-term display.

For now you may want to consider some summer bulbs. Various plants, like Caladiums, Begonias, Pineapple Lilies, Oxalis, Cannas, Callas, and many more, are being sold now, and are great in containers.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Angela
(Zone 7b)
Region: New York Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Mar 29, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Thanks Neal! looks like I have a lot of choices Thank You!
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Name: Paul
Nullawarre, Victoria,Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia
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vanozzi
Jan 26, 2016 4:06 AM CST
A great shade loving bulb, thrives in a pot or ground, but not frost tolerant, is Velthaemia bracteata.
Thumb of 2016-01-26/vanozzi/a5d701

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 27, 2016 12:09 PM CST
That is a lovely plant Paul! Lovey dubby
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jmorth
Jan 30, 2016 3:29 AM CST
One of mine, the yellow one was in bloom 12-14-15 - Thumb of 2016-01-30/jmorth/43cccb...

Here is the other one - pink - just about to commence - Thumb of 2016-01-30/jmorth/2091c5

Both are grown under lights in the basement.
The former is about 4 years old, the latter 3 years old.

Paul, your's look awesome.

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Jan 30, 2016 12:22 PM CST
That is lovely jmorth! Anything that can bloom indoors is always a plus! Lovey dubby
Name: Paul
Nullawarre, Victoria,Australia (Zone 10b)
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vanozzi
Jan 31, 2016 6:28 PM CST
Velthaemia bracteata is indeed a handsome fellow, the leaves are an intense deep shiny green with the edges scalloped attractively.
Nice to see the bloom of your yellow form jmorth.I bought seed from England of this yellow form last year ,with a half dozen quickly sending up a small leaf.In another spring catalogue was advertised bulbs of this yellow form, so thinking they would be flowering/near flowering size, I purchased 3. The damned things were barely past the germinated stage and weren't cheap either.Apparently the yellow form does not breed true, so the additional purchase was for insurance.They are all thriving now, so I'm happy.This yellow form is still fairly rare in Australia.
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