I live in Marin County, CA...just across the Golden Gate Bridge. I just bought
some quality bulbs on sale for dutch iris, lilium, and bearded iris.
Should I plant them now or just keep them dry and plant in the fall? The cold
weather (such as it is) has passed.
I already had some of each planted ages ago which bloomed just recently and are
now in the process of turning brown.
Bearded iris are not true bulbs. They are rhizomes. They should be
planted immediately since the plants tend to be evergreen and not die
down like true bulbs.
Dutch iris and lilies, however, are indeed true bulbs. They should be
stored in a slightly damp medium (sand, sawdust, peat moss) until fall
and then planted.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Glad to hear it because I was going to try some anyway. I was just googling
about putting bulbs in the fridge for 6 - 8 weeks before planting them. Would
that encourage them to grow even though it isn't fall yet?
No matter when planted they will adopt a pattern of flowering based on
climatic conditions... that's what bulbs do no matter where grown,
assuming the climate is generally condusive to growing the particular
bulb(s)... I don't think tulips will survive Death Valley.
OK...I'll be planting lilium and dutch iris. Any recommendations for any other
bulbs I could plant?
I also had trans-planted (long ago and gifted from a neighbor) nine bearded iris
plants but only two produced any flowers. Maybe I should have added some plant
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