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Jul 29, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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Dug up watsonia corms - question is how to store them till fall. I've rinsed them off, air dry and wrapped in newspaper; and then placed in box. Is this OK? Anything else I should do?
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Jul 30, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Can't grow Watsonia here, but I think handling them like glads or crocosmia is the way to go. Sounds like yours should be fine, just make sure there is good air circulation and that they're good and dry. I typically use mesh onion bags to store bulbs and corms.
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Jul 30, 2015 4:51 PM CST
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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Thanks, Neal.
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Sep 21, 2015 5:09 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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I know this is late.

Well - one thing I would add. I usually dust my bulbs, corms, rhizomes et cetera that I store with powdered Sulphur. Can help to ward off fungus. I usually store everything in Perlite or vermiculite. Then following season use it in soil I am mixing to use in the ground.

I am thinking of growing some Watsonia Aletroides next year. So beautiful.

@gemini_sage - you could try in containers - that is what I will do if I get some. nodding nodding
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Sep 22, 2015 6:32 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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David, I have been tempted- they are beautiful! I've held back thinking they may be too tall to control well in containers - thinking they'd be like tall glads in a pot.
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Sep 22, 2015 9:23 AM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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I found some that only get 30 - 36 " from Easy to Grow bulbs. Some staking could help. Very tempted as Watsonia are so beautiful. Of course you can always plant in ground, dig, store, repeat. Smiling

Yeah - Glabs suck in pots. Tried twice and will never try again. Though I do pot up the very small offsets to give them a chance to grow where I can keep track of them. I just keep em in an out of the way place and feed and water. I do this with many "bulbs".
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Sep 22, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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I think I read somewhere that Watsonia performs best when left undisturbed and can take a couple of seasons to hit their stride after planting, have you seen similar info? That's why I was thinking they would need to be potted rather than planted out and lifted in fall. May have been thinking the wrong plant though...
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Sep 22, 2015 7:07 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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@gemini_sage - I have seen similar info. For potted info I found said leave them in the pot rather than digging and storing. I am tempted Smiling Store the pot indoors.

FYI:

http://www.easytogrowbulbs.com...
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Sep 23, 2015 5:57 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Ooohhh, I hadn't seen that species before- LOVE those!
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Sep 23, 2015 8:47 AM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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nodding I agree For the relatively small price, may be worth a try. I am in 5 B you are 6A. I bet we could do em in pots. Will post if I decide to order. Soooooo tempted.
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Oct 9, 2015 10:13 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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Well - I bought them nodding Also some saffron crocus and a hardy windmill palm.

I plant to pot up the Watsonia soon and leave in my basement til Spring when I will move them out - late April/Early May. Will keep you posted. I may start a new thread.
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Oct 10, 2015 5:08 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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I got a few saffron crocuses last year. The first bloom has opened! I'm thrilled to see them return. Last year was my first try at autumn crocuses. I'd never seen them grown around here before, so trying them was experimental. Those and C. speciocus are starting to bloom. They're such a delight at this time of year when everything else is winding down and going dormant.
"...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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Oct 15, 2017 12:32 PM CST

I have left my watsonia in ground for many years. I am in southern calif. I'm digging them up for fall. Should I pot them or store in dry place untill I replant in spring?
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Oct 17, 2017 3:16 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Being similar to gladiolus, I would think the corms should be stored dry in a cool place. However this is just a guess based on my experience with members of the same family, I've never grown watsonia.
"...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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Oct 19, 2017 9:32 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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Store in a cool, dry place like glads - yes. Sadly mine rotted Sighing!
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