Valerie Myrick via pbs
Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:57:42 PDT
Dear Rodger,

I enjoyed learning about your method of keeping your corms nice and clean for future yearly lifting.  However, what are your reasons for
yearly lifting?

Val Myrick

> On Oct 7, 2020, at 9:20 AM, Rodger Whitlock via pbs <> wrote:
> On 10/07/2020 05:00 AM, wrote:
>> my saffron bulb has sprouted!
> Since you are in the Bay Area, those bulbs should do well in the ground, and they'll be much safer there than in a pot.
> If you transplant them now, be extremely careful not to damage the roots. Dicots can form new roots when old ones lose their growing points, but monocots don't. Damage only gets repaired after a period of dormancy (no functional roots at all) when the corms push out new roots.EJ <>
> Dig your hole, put coarse-ish sand in the bottom, place corms on sand, backfill with more sand until the corms are completely covered, then stand back. Using sand in this way means the mature corms will be very clean when you lift and replant them next summer.
> Use a low nitrogen soluble fertilizer (if you can find one), but apply at about one quarter of the recommended strength. A cupful of solution once a month should be adequate.
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> Rodger Whitlock
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