uncanny smarts from a very dumb bulb

Paul T. ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:44:14 PDT
>Today the north wind was blowing in a nice cool breeze. So I started 
>potting up some bulbs that had outgrown their pot last winter. I had 
>them tucked away in my house for the constant temp and humidity free 
>climate. Lachenalia uridiflora, their name tag showed. When I looked 
>inside the paper bag I noticed that they had already started to 
>sprout. If they had a voice I think they would say that I was too 
>slow at getting them into some soil.
>I am amazed that they know the proper time without a wrist watch, 
>calendar or even a sun dial. If I could just get them to learn to 
>plant themselves, then I could sit back and just enjoy the blooms.


You could always just leave them in their pots all year, repotting 
them as needed and replanting immediately.  They seem to do fine for 
me here, even in the ground in some cases.  Somewhere out of the 
heavier frosts would be a perfect location for them, and then you 
(nor they for that matter) would need to plant (or plant themselves) 
and you COULD just sit back and enjoy the blooms. <grin>


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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