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How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:20

Well to answer my own question, this morning I noticed the tips of three of my seven lilies have just popped through the soil. I planted them 6" deep and it took just under a month of warm spring weather for them to reach the surface.

There are a few thin, wispy shoots appearing where I planted the gladioli (4" deep). The first couple appeared about two weeks ago, and there are now a few of them 2-3" tall. They don't look like the gladioli shoots I saw last year, but I assume it's what they are.

tomatoes

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:28

Since this afternoon, a second one of the seemingly-dead shoots has popped above the soil. The leaves aren't out yet, but there's a small 'loop' of stem popping up, so I assume the leaves will appear by tomorrow (the sun's going down now).

They must be following this thread, and got spooked by my posts last night.

Flower colour fading

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:06

Some bright red tulips began to flower in my garden over the last week. However over the last couple of days of warm weather and no rain, the colour is fading, like old red plastic that goes slightly white in the sun.

Is this normal, or do they need watering or fertiliser or something?

My daffodils flowered a bit earlier, but are now starting to droop right over, despite the heads still looking in their prime. They droop from the base of the stem rather than just the head looking down. What's gone wrong?

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:01
David Matthews2 wrote (see)

Tomsk: Are you sure it's not a Terriffid, or perhaps a Daffodilorousaur??

Well... Given that the bulb in question came from Lidl, it has left me wondering whether I should infer anything about their meat pies and cheap mince.

I'd advise anyone who eats their lasagnes to count how many heads are now on their own necks...

tomatoes

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 17:55

Well here's a thing.

Last night, after reading the replies, I had one more very close look at my container and there was no sign of any shoots. So I got an old 2" deep plastic tray (old, cleaned meat packaging), filled it with compost and planted 15 new seeds, just below the surface and didn't water this time.

I was going to throw the compost in the old container into the compost bin, but it was late and dark, so left it for the morning. This afternoon I went out to do it, and there's a tiny tomato shoot! It's slightly open, a bit like Emu's mouth (as in Rod Hull) and one centimetre tall. That appeared from nowhere in a matter of hours.

So, if the rest shortly appear, it looks like I'm going to have a surplus of tomato plants.

tomatoes

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:20

I did keep them damp, perhaps too damp, but they've been reasonably dry for the last couple of weeks. There was drainage, and only once did any water leak out of them after I watered them.

Since it's been the best part of a month and nothing's burst to the surface, I'll start again, though I'm disappointed that I'm losing all this warm and sunny weather!

How long does it usually take for a shoot to appear after you plant seeds?

What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:46

Making sure you don't touch the leaves, does it matter how far down the stem you cut?

Would it harm next year's crop if you cut the flowers close to the base before dying and put them in an indoor vase?

tomatoes

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:10

I planted tomato seeds in a plastic container the best part of a month ago, and nothing has sprouted yet. Have they failed, or should I wait longer?

I used an old plastic tray with 8 small compartments about 2" deep and 2" by 1½".

I filled them with multi-purpose compost, sprinkled a bit of blood fish & bone into it and then prodded two seeds into each compartment about half an inch down.

The weather was below 10 degrees C when I did this, but things quickly warmed up and I've been leaving the container out in the sun during the day and taking it in at night.

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 18:09

I had a closer look and took a quick photo. There's definitely four heads, though one of them is smaller than the others. In fact, two seem to be bigger and two seem to be smaller, generally.

If it's special, I'll take some more tomorrow:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41012.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41013.jpg?width=350

 

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:38

I planted some daffodil bulbs last year, and one of them sprouted wit a strange globe instead of the usual head that appears in normal bulbs. It was like a damaged brussel sprout.

At first I thought it was a different kind of flower that had somehow got into the bag of daff bulbs I bought, but it's now starting to flower (or is trying, anyway), and it appears to be three or four fused daffodil heads on one stalk.

Is this particularly unusual, and should I be proud of it?

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