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Same batch of bulbs that I rolled around some with a strong fan blowing on them to carry away the dust and dirt and loose dried skins. Keith Kridler

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  1. Keith,
    I agree that these bulbs look very good.  I just am not sure exactly what you are trying to say.  Is it that you can keep bulbs until January before planting them and they will not necessarily rot in storage?  Are you trying to say that this is how you treat spring blooming bulbs in Texas?  Up here in Ohio, we could never keep them like this.  They would not do well if we kept them out of the ground that long.  Is there a reason why you did not replant them in the fall?
    Donna Dietsch
    Totally confused in Columbus Ohio where it got up to 70 degrees today.
    However, our Ohio State Buckeyes are going to beat LSU in the BCS championship tonight and it is 15 minutes before the game starts.  Gotta Go!!!

    Keith Kridler < title=> wrote:

    Same batch of bulbs that I rolled around some with a strong fan blowing on
    them to carry away the dust and dirt and loose dried skins. Keith Kridler

  2. Hell All,


    Daffodil bulbs are very resilient.  Last year I received a package of bulbs from overseas at a time when most Northern Hemisphere bulbs were in flower.  The bulbs were so dried out that some of them were almost flat!.. I almost threw them away but knowing that the sender had spent a lot of time cleaning them up to get them past our MAFF guards I decided to give them a go.  I soaked them in a  Topsin (the closest we can get to Benlate here) solution for two hours and then planted.  To my surprise nine of the ten grew!  And when lifted recently they were in good shape – small but that is typical of  turnaround bulbs.  Some are big enough to flower in September and all will flower next year.  I still find it difficult to believe but am of course delighted.


    On another tack many, many years ago not long after Dad had his first stroke I was made responsible for planting the bulbs.  About three months after planting Dad found a bag of the old tazetta Scarlet Gem still in storage.  It had shoots on it over six inches long!  Dad was furious about my carelessness and told me to get them underground immediately.  Even though he slurred his words I understood clearly what the repercussions would be.  At the time we lived in an old boarding house (the main planting was elsewhere) and the only available area was a planting trough behind the laundry close to the bike rack.  They were quickly planted there and I hoped forgotten forever.   Come showtime I gathered our entries together (overseen by Dad of course) for the first show of the season.  At some point I was sent off on a message on my bike and on return spotted some bright red and yellow tazettas in the trough.  I had never seen such colour in Scarlet Gem and  the number of florets were well beyond the norm.  Of course they took prizes at the Show!!  Everyone asked how we had got such flowers – indeed several experts claimed that it could not possibly be Scarlet Gem.  Well of course we tried the experiment (which it had now become) in subsequent years but never again did it produce such marvellous blooms.


    The moral of the two stories – don’t underestimate the hardiness of our favourite flower.


    Cheers (especially as lifting is complete!)




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  3. Wonderful story, Peter, about the bulbs with long green on them. It gives me hope, as I have a boxful of bulbs not planted. Len keeps reminding me where they are. (In the garage from the move last October.) May ours at least grow for another year.
    Barbara Weber, Corvallis, OR

  4. Donna – just sit tight if you are confused but already have your bulbs planted!
    My own personal experience is that we can plant daffodil bulbs down here anytime we get ready. and the weather changes so much, you just can’t really predict right timing. we have to go by that old saying – make hay while the sun is shining.
    If your weather keeps on confusing you to the warm side, you might be with us in a few years…haha Wouldn’t that be great to be able to just plant them whenever you got ready and the weather was nice? I can say this now since I finally planted my few awesome daffodil bulbs on Sunday and burned a few pecan limb piles while I was out there….we are only now getting any significant rainfall. I am using the year-long, record setting drought here and my inability to dig a hole in concrete as my excuse this time. I explained this to my bulbs when they arrived 3 or 4 months ago and they have been patiently waiting.
    Keith and Bill – shall we have a contest to see who has killed the most daffodil bulbs and therefore is the biggest expert?? Guess not since that would be like telling fishing stories! and we really don’t have witnesses. I think I could win a contest for ruining the most labels in the field before I got the daffodils out!
    Sandra Stewart Jasper Alabama

    —- Donna Dietsch < title=> wrote:

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