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Re: Re: Re: Summer Bulb Details

If it helps any, my cannas start sprouting in mid-February or so. That's
why I like to dig and mail them by early to mid-March. If not, they're
too big to box up. Since they usually don't bloom until Memorial Day or
a little later, they do need a lot of "warm-up time" to get to blooming
stage. I know I've sent them to many on this list and they normally put
them in buckets until planting time and have commented on how they just
keep on growing in the buckets like they've never been disturbed. BTW
February is upon us. Anyone who needs cannas, let me know - on list or

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: kmrsy@comcast.net
Sent: 1/8/2005 11:35:10 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] Summer Bulb Details

I have used the NC site via searches which took me to specific pages,
but had not started at the home page you sent me. By going to the home
page, I found another page that gives me a reference for what I was
trying to say in my original post:

"...many summer flowering bulbs require long periods of warm
temperatures during their growing and flowering season. This requirement
often reduces their garden usage and they should be used primarily as
container plants."

They don't seem to provide details on just how long the "long periods of
warm temperatures" are for specific plants so I will have to keep
looking. But thanks for sending me in the right direction. That was very

-------------- Original message -------------- 

> Just sent (off list) a link I found to the NC state extention service - 
> they had a very lengthy list of fact sheets on summer bulbs. Hope one of 
> them has the info you need. If not will look later tonight when I get 
> back in. 
> Pam Evans 
> Kemp, TX 
> zone 8A 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: james singer 
> Sent: 1/8/2005 10:35:01 AM 
> To: gardenchat@hort.net 
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Summer Bulb Details 
> Sorry. I don't know anything about bulbs--often amazed that any of them 
> bloom for me. 
> On Saturday, January 8, 2005, at 11:27 AM, kmrsy@comcast.net wrote: 
> > Hi Friends! 
> > 
> > I am working on a presentation about summer bulbs, which will include 
> > both hardy and tender (tropical & subtropical) bulbs. I'm in northeast 
> > Indiana so the hardy bulbs aren't going to be a problem for me, but 
> > some 
> > of the tender ones can be a bit tricky. 
> > 
> > 
> > For instance, for those of you who ever got duped by the 100 free bulbs 
> > from Michigan Bulb Co., you know those Sparaxis, Freesia, and Tigridia 
> > don't bloom if you just plant them in the ground. That's because our 
> > summer isn't long enough up here. By the time they've finally come 
> > close 
> > to having enough warmth and sun to think about blooming, we are on the 
> > decline into fall and nothing happens. So I often start tender bulbs 
> > early in the house. 
> > 
> > 
> > I realize watering and fertilizer are major factors for these bulbs, 
> > but 
> > warmth and light are especially important for certain geophytes. My 
> > question is this: Does anyone know a website that provides a schedule 
> > of 
> > weeks to bloom time for summer bulbs? I'm looking for a chart similar 
> > to 
> > what you might see for chilling times for forcing cold-hardy bulbs. 
> > 
> > 
> > Thanks for helping me with my homework! 
> > 
> > Kitty 
> > 
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> Island Jim 
> Southwest Florida 
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W 
> Zone 10a 
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C] 
> Maximum 100 F [38 C] 
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