Bulbs changing hemispheres

Larry Neel neelandco@sisqtel.net
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:15:36 PDT
I've tried it three times with the most recent attempt being the most
successful. It's a two season endeavor.


Put the bulbs in a thin plastic baggie with barely moist vermiculite or peat
and place in the refrigerator and inspect biweekly for any signs of rot or
dehydration. If the roots grow that's fine, if the tops grow too vigorously
they'll need to be removed and planted.


After the first of the year pot in sand and grow in a controlled
environment. The plants will slowly come up but probably won't bloom and
will not grow strongly. In the fall plant them in your desired location. For
some reason even though my bulbs didn't grow strongly they divided, leaving
me with more but smaller bulbs in fall. This was true of several species.
The next spring they grew normally. 


Previous attempts with different methods were much less successful.


Good Luck


Larry Neel -  In Smokey Northern California where over a  hundred thousand
acres are burning




-----Original Message-----
From: pbs [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jane McGary
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 8:03 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Bulbs changing hemispheres


The following question came via the website from Keshab Pradhan in northern



I just got some bulbs of Amaryllis, Gladiolus and tuberous Begonias 

from New Zealand. Since it is from southern hemisphere where it is 

spring the bulbs are in sprouting condition. We grow them here in 

February. Is it advisable to let them grow or keep them in 

refrigerator till our planting season. Grateful for advice from any 

quarter who has some knowledge on it..Thanks.


Could some of you who have experience with similar climatic questions 

please answer? I will forward your answers to Keshab.


Jane McGary



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