Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Time for Potting Up

 

I have some tender bulbs that I bring in in the fall and overwinter in the basement where it is cool.   Recently I have noticed that they are in need of potting up.  They have little shoots sprouting up.

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This one is the Eucomis ‘Autumnalis’ or Pineapple Lily.    I could separate all the little bulblets around the outside of the mother but I prefer not to as I am going to pot them up in a container rather than plan them in the flowerbed.   This way it gives me a good show in the container.

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Sorry about the photo being slightly out of focus.    I filled the container up about two thirds full of good container soil and placed the bulb on top.   

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I put more container soil over the bulb leaving the tip of the largest one exposed.   Water it well.   I will leave the container in the cool of the basement to settle in for a week or so and then move it upstairs to a brighter light.

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This is what the bulb looks like in summer.   You can see why it is called a pineapple lily.   Now is the time to be looking at the bulbs you may have brought in to overwinter such as calla lily or canna lily.  They may have started to sprout.  Have a great day.   Valerie

9 comments:

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

They do look beautiful in bloom!

Anika said...

Exciting!! Means spring is coming...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It's nice to see bulbs reviving as Spring approaches :) They do look beautiful in bloom!

Lavender Cottage said...

Ha! To think I gave mine to our host society for a prize draw. Oh well, I'll enjoy yours Val.
Judith

Mary Lou said...

I love the expression "potting up". I will remember that.
I love your buds. thanks for showing us what they will look like.

Georgianna said...

Oh, dear, that's what this is. David gave me one last year and I left it out through the winter. oops. I did get some photos of it first. Thank you for the good tips!

Byddi Lee said...

Wow - it's beautiful - and will probably be so much happier now it can stretch out a little. Expect bigger and better blooms!

Michelle said...

Oh, are plants really thinking it's spring??? :) This is really cool to see -- we bought some stargazer lily bulbs last year and they all ended up rotting or something... :( We're going to try again, but it's kinda nice to see how this is done!

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A Garden of Threads said...

Love the flowers and I see the butterfly loves them as well.