Damaged Bulbs

Ann Marie mysticgardn@yahoo.com
Thu, 14 Oct 2004 14:59:48 PDT
If I have alot of a paticular bulb I will throw out the damage bulb, but otherwise I will go to great lengths to save the bulb. Ann Marie

ConroeJoe@aol.com wrote:Hi,

So, I don't know if you do it, but sometimes I damage a bulb when I'm digging 
it up. Sometimes the damage is minor, and I ignore it.

But, sometimes (I must be really clumsy) I bring up a bulb that has lost 90% 
of the basal plate--just a few roots are left hanging on from one side.

In these cases I soak the bulb for 24-48 hours in a systemic fungicide. 
Then, I dry it at room temperature for a few days (up to a week). 

Then, I plant it "above ground." I plant it so the roots or the root stubs 
contact soil, but I leave most of the bulb (especially the wrongly cut surface) 
above the soil line. In time, I can salvage most of my mistakes.

How about the rest of you? How do you salvage horribly mutilated bulbs?


Conroe Joe
nights cool at 60 F, days warmer, no rain
pbs mailing list

Ann Marie 

So. California, San Gabriel Valley, Zone 21 (Sunset Western Garden book) , influenced by both marine and interior air(Santa Ana winds). This makes it perfect for Citrus trees and most So African plants. I collect belladonnas, oxalis, criniums, amaryllis, palms, epiphyllums, succulents and other south african bulbs.  email me at mysticgardn@yahoo.com for list of bulbs and plants for sale.  For home and garden sculptures go to http://www.rjunkdrawer.com/  

Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail - You care about security. So do we.

More information about the pbs mailing list