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14/04/2012 at 17:10

Can anyone tell me what these are please?

I was removing an old plant from a pot and found these. I only thought I had Daffs and Tulips in the pots but I don't think they are either of these as there are no signs of any growth.

14/04/2012 at 21:36

I'd love to say I know, but I can't help I'm afraid.  Under the outer cover they do seem to have slilght ridges (see the right one - like three doughnuts on top of one another), the only thing I have in my garden like that are cocosmia tubers which sit very near the surface, maybe they are related in some way?

I do want to know now so hopefully a guru will reply to you

15/04/2012 at 14:17

they are lumpy all over. I have planted them up so will see what happens

15/04/2012 at 14:23

Is there any chance that they're freesias?

15/04/2012 at 15:43

they do look like freesias

15/04/2012 at 16:06

Not loke the freesia bulbs I have which are slim and pointed with smooth silky ousides and golden! But I do have a good bulb book so will go and do some research as I have worked too hard in the garden today.

15/04/2012 at 16:17

Could they be some kind of lily as they do not seem to have any protective coat?

15/04/2012 at 16:23

Thank you all. I don't remember planting anything so now will wait and see if they come up where I have planted them

15/04/2012 at 16:26

Here is a picture of my freesia bulbs.  They are about an inch long.  How big are the mystery bulbs?

15/04/2012 at 16:35

an inch to one and a half inches

15/04/2012 at 16:39

Freesia bulbs can be much darker, as here (freesia laxa):

15/04/2012 at 16:42

they are much more knobbley than either of these

15/04/2012 at 17:48
kjdintown wrote (see)

... the only thing I have in my garden like that are cocosmia tubers which sit very near the surface..

yes I thought they were Crocosmia corms too.

15/04/2012 at 17:48


15/04/2012 at 23:34

I wonder if they are wild arum (Lords and Ladies)?  The berries seem to be attractive to birds who drop them all over the place - especially in my garden, where I suddenly find them popping up in all sorts of odd places.

The tubers are a bit knobbly like the photo - but it's hard to be sure.  Perhaps the best thing is to isolate them and grow them in a separate pot.  They could just give you a pleasant surprise - but are easy to dispose of if not.

16/04/2012 at 00:53

because they look like they have scales could they be lily bulbs of some kind??liatris spicata are also quite lumpy and rough....

16/04/2012 at 07:00

They look very much like oxalis to me

08/06/2012 at 12:33

Definitely oxalis ladies. Mine have now produced leaves! pink flowers to come..

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