bulb orders from big bulb companies

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:02:39 PST
Ha, thanks for the advice to keep bulbs away from heavy rain -- Kathleen 
and I live in the US Pacific Northwest. On the other hand, she rejoices 
in a sandy garden, while I moved a few years ago to a spot with clay.

I had the same experience as Kathleen last year with an order of Dutch 
bulbs for the garden. They say they ship them at the "proper time for 
planting in your region." Apparently they think southern California and 
Oregon/Washington are in the same region (well, they're on the same 
/ocean /). We seem to have a policy of not naming offending vendors on 
this list, but should we?

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 11/28/2018 11:09 AM, Peter Taggart wrote:
> Usually best to root them in a semidamp substrate, with good airflow, cool
> and away from heavy rain and frost. Otherwise they may rot rather than
> revive as they should in Autumn, if that is when they would naturally have
> rooted. Heavy rain tends to cake the soil, not a good thing for rooting
> stressed bulbs.
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 4:22 PM Kathleen Sayce <kathleen.sayce@gmail.com
> wrote:
>> ....And most infuriating:  a few bulbs appear desiccated beyond viability
>> and the rest are all sprouting. This is my first time with such poor
>> treatment, and I wonder how typical it is?
>> Am now planting between rain storms, and dodging thunderstorms, to get
>> these poor bulbs in the ground

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