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Hi All, 

I have a couple of questions regarding different tubers/bulbs;

  • Gladioli - how long after planting should these come up? They are outside and I'm wondering if I should have started them off indoors?
  • Begonias - same question really but these are in pots, just covered as advised and in the GH, there are 3 in each pot and only one seems to be coming up??
  • Daffodils - I know I need to leave the foliage to die down but am I ok to lift them from the big planter they are in now and replant in smaller pots - in hindsight I made a mistake with their location as they are with the Lillie's and the Lillie's need more space now I think, and I want I want to sow my Limnanthes Douglasii (Poached Egg Plant) seeds where the daffs are....bad planning I know but I'll get it right next year!!

Thanks in advance image


  • Hi Orchid Lady image,

    ref the gladioli, I planted mine straight out last year and they were fine, and the ones I left in the ground over winter are coming up already. The ones I emptied out of pots and 'stored' over winter got planted out last month and are nowhere to be seen... But I am in the north.

    I don't recall them flowering til late summer so I'm not really concerned...also I bought them from one of those companies that over saturate the colour in their brochures and so when I saw them I wasn't overwhelmed. Also they all fell over, even pulling over the bean cane supports.

    Begonias I know nothing about I'm afraid and with regards the daffs, I move mine all the time with the leaves still on but it might not do them any good... I think so long as the roots don't come off they're okay...

    Hopefully one of the professionals will be along shortly image



    Wearside, England.
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Thanks Vic, much appreciated. I suppose where the Gladis are concerned I'm just impatient! Mine are planted along a privet hedge so will tie them to that if necessary image

    I've checked the begonias just now and there are more shoots, slowly but surely, I've never grown them before and thought I had done someone wrong, even though I followed instructions!!

    Maybe when the workers get home or the gardeners come in out of the sun I may get some more help image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,998

    Chuckle image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Edd, you're a bit south of me near Darlo. I might have a scrat about and see if mine are coming up...image

    Wearside, England.
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I think I'm further North than both of you, well north west really image I will have a look tomorrow but when I weeded on Monday I couldn't see any life, although the Iris are coming up which we planted at the same time.

    Thanks for all the info and yes Philippa, I am impatient image It's so reassuring that you are all getting to know me and my little foibles imageimage You obviously said what Dove was thinking LOL imageimage

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