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Re: Summer Bulb Details


Oh, but you do, Jim!  I should have said geophytes.
Kitty

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

> 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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