Pulling down to correct level

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Fri, 15 Jul 2005 05:56:17 PDT
Hi all,

I agree with Rand.  Many years of planting Ismene and Hymenocallis out in 
the garden in spring and digging them in the autumn demonstrated 
unequivocally to me that they do pull themselves down, in just one season 
of growth.

Crinums planted 8 to 12 inches deep two years ago were dug up sitting at a 
depth of 18 to 20 inches (depths to base of bulbs).

No big deal.  Remember that wet earth is a viscous liquid.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 11:52 PM 7/14/2005 -0300, Rand wrote:
>When you consider what the roots of even small, "fragile" plants can to to 
>asphalt and concrete and natural rock, it is not in the least incredible 
>that a large mature bulb in a porous medium can move itself to its desired 
>level. Most of them have had millenia to work out various strategies to 
>accomplish this.
>In my climate, any outdoor bulbs are left to fend for themselves and, 
>often, I find that transplanting them involves a lot more digging than the 
>original planting.
>Rand In The Great White North

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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