Bulbs forum: Eremurus...anyone growing? issues....turmeric too

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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
May 24, 2017 6:16 PM CST
So I bought 3 Eremurus spp. a couple of months ago. Though they arrived a little less than perfect, I got them into the ground quickly...each species in two slightly different settings. To date, I have seen no growth. I have been patient. Do I need to continue to be patient? I ask because at the same time I planted several turmeric roots both in-ground and in pots. No growth there either but have read they can take a couple of months. Yesterday I dug down in 2 turmeric pots and saw solid rhizomes are still there. Anyway...thoughts?
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
May 31, 2017 8:10 AM CST
I grow Eremurus but have only ever planted them in fall. The first time was roots from Dutch Gardens that had all the spidery roots trimmed off and none showed the following year. The next couple of times were Spring Valley hybrids from Brent and Becky's that grew and flowered well and returned perennially. They were described as being more vigorous and reliable than Dutch imports.

Several years ago I tried some ornamental Curcuma, and I do recall them being very slow to emerge. I believe warmer days of summer will trigger them to sprout, similar to cannas and elephant ears in that regard.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Jun 2, 2017 6:58 PM CST
I have planted eremurus several times in the spring, no luck yet with that. Not the first sign of life. I had a beautiful white robustus I think it was, and Cleopatra, several years ago. Robustus was coming up better every year til I accidentally stuck a shovel into it just before it came up, there were 3 plants & I got the biggest 2. Maybe I damaged the 3rd one because it faded away a year later. Cleopatra hung around til about a year ago (after 6 or 7 years), not sure what happened to it. I got mine from Brent & Becky too, & tried more from them, but none have ever survived but they looked much better than any I've gotten locally. Still, if yours have sign of life, I wouldn't give up. I seem to remember they were late to come up, & since these were planted in spring, I can see them taking even longer
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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Jun 19, 2017 5:54 AM CST
No Eremurus up yet but after 3 months, turmeric is sprouting. Sigh...a watched pot...
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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Dec 20, 2017 6:38 PM CST
Slight update.

The turmeric in pots finally sprouted. However they failed to flower and didn't make much new root. I probably wouldn't grow them again.

Eremurus - never saw a single plant. 3 locations, different warmth/moisture conditions, & 3 species. Would still like to try but that was too much $$$ to lose.

Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
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Name: Lee-Roy
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Arico
Apr 6, 2018 6:00 PM CST
My Eremurus has sprouted (very early like last year) after been violently dug up and replanted last fall. This year no flower stalk though. The continuous rains made water stay inside the growing point rotting the young bud Grumbling
Name: Susan B
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lakesidecallas
May 21, 2018 2:03 PM CST
I've heard they need to have their growing buds right at the surface or rot will set in. Also full sun, I have some in full sun and some in morning sun only and the ones with more shade rarely flower, although they're still alive.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
May 22, 2018 3:13 AM CST
Hi Susan, good to see you posting! That's how I've planted them, with the eyes just barely covered with soil, which they do seem to require.

I had a group of ten plants (Spring Valley Hybrids, mixed colors) and several have not returned this year. However those that did are budding now and look like they're going to put on a nice show. They're planted in full sun.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
May 30, 2018 9:05 PM CST
That's how they were planted. At this point, it looks like they died as nothing has come up. Sigh.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE

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