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Hurray for the Crocus!


What a trooper! This is the lone Pickwick Crocus that still decides to bloom in my garden. I just don't get it. They all come up, but get no bud, and last year was the first year in 3 years that any bloomed at all, and I got 2 that bloomed out of 6 or 8 that came up. (There were 10 originally planted.)

This year, one. Oh well, I'm gonna need to dig up all the spring beds, because most of my tulips have all divided beyond recognition as well. I'm starting to understand the whole planting tulips as an annual thing. Two years ago, I dug up a bunch of the tulips that divided, and split them. I got some special bulb food and replanted and fed them. I got even less tulips to bloom the next spring though, and they seemed to divide more. Oh well, perhaps it's time for some new color anyway.

Anyone have any suggestions about bulbs? Anything I should be doing differently?

***Photo by Chuck

April 17, 2007 in Flowers | Permalink


The secret to tulip bulbs is that they need a really dry summer like in their native country -- no, not Holland, but Turkey. If you leave them in a regular garden bed, they will probably not get the heat and dryness needed to ripen the flower bud for next year. So here is what you do: wait six weeks until after flower and dig them up. stick them in your garage and replant in September. You'll get perfect tulips every year. this is how they do it in Holland, though they don't tell us unsuspecting buyers.

Posted by: Preston Wright at Apr 19, 2007 6:23:20 PM

Thank you so much Preston! Will do. Does the same thing go then for Crocus and other bulb flowers?

Posted by: Lorika at Apr 20, 2007 10:27:56 AM

To answer the rest of your question (in my opinion) no, you don't treat most bulbs like tulips. Most bulbs pretty much take care of themselves. I sprinkle wood ashes in the areas where I know they are during the winter. That's it. I'm sure it has to do with where each of us lives.

Posted by: Katie at Apr 25, 2007 3:57:15 PM

Thanks Katie! I've been wondering what I could do with my left over ashes from the fire bowl.

Posted by: Lorika at Apr 26, 2007 9:48:31 AM

I came back to add that onions and garlic also love wood ashes.

Posted by: Katie at Apr 26, 2007 10:41:15 AM

Well,that was absolutely a great tiny flower it looks bulb I like it.


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