sternbergia again

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:36:03 PDT
I went to dig up some bulbs of Sternbergia lutea, to divide them as suggested. I found the first bulb—half of it—right away. Then I almost sliced through a tennis-ball sized tuber of Corydalis ledebouriana. (Hopefully I replanted it right side up.) 
Then I dug up what must have been an expensive Juno iris. Replanted that. I finally found about a dozen bulbs from one clump of Sternbergia lutea, and replanted them. 
If almost every square centimeter of the garden is planted with bulbs, it might be best simply to buy new bulbs and plant them in a bulb-free location, if there is one. 

Speaking of digging things up, when I grew it, Sternbergia candida flowered here in January. Planting the bulbs in the front yard was doubtless a mistake. The bulbs were gone a few months later. 

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado
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