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Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#1 Jan 16, 2012
Has anyone ever planted crocus and did they require refrigeration before planting?
Tired Of Silly

Cocoa, FL

#2 Jan 16, 2012
Spooky Mulder wrote:
Has anyone ever planted crocus and did they require refrigeration before planting?
I've never planted them, but they would require refrigeration to "force" them. Unfortunately, the beautiful spring bulbs that are traditional up north, crocuses, tulips and daffs, require a cold period in order to bloom.:(

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#3 Jan 16, 2012
Tired Of Silly wrote:
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I've never planted them, but they would require refrigeration to "force" them. Unfortunately, the beautiful spring bulbs that are traditional up north, crocuses, tulips and daffs, require a cold period in order to bloom.:(
Well, I'll stick them in the frig out in the garage. They be quite comfortable with all the beer we never drink.
Crocus are supposed to have a hardiness of 9, but there wasn't any mention about forcing them to bloom.

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Since: Jun 11

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#4 Jan 16, 2012
Spooky Mulder wrote:
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Well, I'll stick them in the frig out in the garage. They be quite comfortable with all the beer we never drink.
Crocus are supposed to have a hardiness of 9, but there wasn't any mention about forcing them to bloom.
First, the only thing that I know how to 'plant' is my butt on the couch after work.

Second, invite me over and I'll be glad to make some extra room in you garage fridge by (responsibly) consuming your beer. After I've planted my butt, of course.
Tired Of Silly

Cocoa, FL

#5 Jan 17, 2012
I had wonderful bulb gardens up north. The crocus is usually the first one to poke its head up, sometimes through the snow. A welcome harbinger of spring after a long nasty winter! I miss them, and lilacs!

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#6 Jan 17, 2012
Tired Of Silly wrote:
I had wonderful bulb gardens up north. The crocus is usually the first one to poke its head up, sometimes through the snow. A welcome harbinger of spring after a long nasty winter! I miss them, and lilacs!
After a few years of hard freezes, I put in bulbs, rhizomes and tubers. I had enough amaryllis lillies to go around the entire border at the new house. I couldn't dig all my bulbs up, couldn't find alot, so I'm having to buy them again. I have more shade here, so that's a challenge. I love gardening. I'm waiting for my rib fx to heal then I'll be back out there.
Tired Of Silly

Cocoa, FL

#7 Jan 17, 2012
Spooky Mulder wrote:
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After a few years of hard freezes, I put in bulbs, rhizomes and tubers. I had enough amaryllis lillies to go around the entire border at the new house. I couldn't dig all my bulbs up, couldn't find alot, so I'm having to buy them again. I have more shade here, so that's a challenge. I love gardening. I'm waiting for my rib fx to heal then I'll be back out there.
I love amaryllis and have a bunch of them too. Shade is hard for things that don't require replanting every year. I do a lot of container flowers and put big pots of seasonal flowers around the pool and the rest of the back yard. In the front I stick with things that come back if they freeze. I too love gardening, it's therapy for me. Playing in the dirt always makes me feel better when things aren't going quite right!

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#8 Jan 17, 2012
Tired Of Silly wrote:
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I love amaryllis and have a bunch of them too. Shade is hard for things that don't require replanting every year. I do a lot of container flowers and put big pots of seasonal flowers around the pool and the rest of the back yard. In the front I stick with things that come back if they freeze. I too love gardening, it's therapy for me. Playing in the dirt always makes me feel better when things aren't going quite right!
I bought some Astilbe and elephant ears. I'm looking for trillium but not sure what color I want. I like container gardening too. I had a really colorful Tropicana Canna that I mixed with a Persian Plant and red Verbana. Added annuals to the mix for a change. Adding some dwarf daylillies to the border. I bought 3 lbs of mixed Caladiums. And I have about 20 very large Giant Red Canna rhizomes. Waiting for lilly bulbs. We have some plants in pool waterfali'm not putting many plants back there. Gets the deck to dirty. I had a lot of perennials at the old house that I left.

I bought 2 Oakleaf hydrangeas. Very hardy. Didn't have to keep all that crap for making sure the blooms don't loose their colors.

I guess you can tell I love gardening too. It is very theraputic.
Tired Of Silly

Cocoa, FL

#9 Jan 17, 2012
Spooky Mulder wrote:
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I bought some Astilbe and elephant ears. I'm looking for trillium but not sure what color I want. I like container gardening too. I had a really colorful Tropicana Canna that I mixed with a Persian Plant and red Verbana. Added annuals to the mix for a change. Adding some dwarf daylillies to the border. I bought 3 lbs of mixed Caladiums. And I have about 20 very large Giant Red Canna rhizomes. Waiting for lilly bulbs. We have some plants in pool waterfali'm not putting many plants back there. Gets the deck to dirty. I had a lot of perennials at the old house that I left.
I bought 2 Oakleaf hydrangeas. Very hardy. Didn't have to keep all that crap for making sure the blooms don't loose their colors.
I guess you can tell I love gardening too. It is very theraputic.
I'll have to look for the Oakleaf hydrangeas. I LOVE hydrangeas but never got the knack of all that messing around to keep them the color I wanted. It's been so dang cold at night lately that I haven't done much with the yard in a while, but I'm getting the urge just from this thread!! Maybe this weekend! Oh, and I hope your ribs heal soon, busted ribs HURT!

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#10 Jan 18, 2012
Tired Of Silly wrote:
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I'll have to look for the Oakleaf hydrangeas. I LOVE hydrangeas but never got the knack of all that messing around to keep them the color I wanted. It's been so dang cold at night lately that I haven't done much with the yard in a while, but I'm getting the urge just from this thread!! Maybe this weekend! Oh, and I hope your ribs heal soon, busted ribs HURT!
I had the hydrangea a couple years and it had aready gotten full and was over five feet. I started getting the gardening bug right after Christmas when I was able to buy paperwhite bulbs really cheap. The two new hydrangeas, I got from ebay.

“Enjoying This Moment”

Level 6

Since: Jan 12

Making Tomorrow's Memories

#11 Jan 18, 2012
Can you get good fresh dirt form a dirt farm, or do you have to go to markets and get top soil....lol

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#12 Jan 18, 2012
Doobie Time wrote:
Can you get good fresh dirt form a dirt farm, or do you have to go to markets and get top soil....lol
I just buy top soil and black cow at a local nursery. I haven't seen any place that sells top soil. Pain in the butt too cause I have to drag it home in my car. But it's cheaper.

“Enjoying This Moment”

Level 6

Since: Jan 12

Making Tomorrow's Memories

#13 Jan 18, 2012
Wal-Mart sells top soil in forty (40) pound bags, but I just wanted some plain ole dirt. Like maybe a truck load or two for a new flower bed/boxes I built doing some land-scaping.

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#14 Jan 18, 2012
Doobie Time wrote:
Wal-Mart sells top soil in forty (40) pound bags, but I just wanted some plain ole dirt. Like maybe a truck load or two for a new flower bed/boxes I built doing some land-scaping.
The local nurseries may sell it.
Tired Of Silly

Cocoa, FL

#15 Jan 18, 2012
Doobie Time wrote:
Wal-Mart sells top soil in forty (40) pound bags, but I just wanted some plain ole dirt. Like maybe a truck load or two for a new flower bed/boxes I built doing some land-scaping.
Must be a big ole flowerbed if you need two truckloads of dirt!!! Do tell, what are you planning to put in it???

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#16 Jan 18, 2012
Tired Of Silly wrote:
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Must be a big ole flowerbed if you need two truckloads of dirt!!! Do tell, what are you planning to put in it???
Heck, I'd like to get a truckload of good dirt. Rained off and pn most of the day. Did you get any rain?

“JUSTICE DENIED, AGAIN!!!”

Level 8

Since: Mar 10

Location hidden

#17 Jan 18, 2012
Spooky Mulder wrote:
Has anyone ever planted crocus and did they require refrigeration before planting?
I have not refrigerated the ones I have purchased. If you are planting your own and they have not been through a winter you need to give them a false winter.
Tired Of Silly

Cocoa, FL

#18 Jan 19, 2012
Spooky Mulder wrote:
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Heck, I'd like to get a truckload of good dirt. Rained off and pn most of the day. Did you get any rain?
Just a little, late afternoon. Almost like summer, but without the fireworks. Just in time for the commute home, ugh!

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#19 Jan 19, 2012
zazz wrote:
<quoted text>I have not refrigerated the ones I have purchased. If you are planting your own and they have not been through a winter you need to give them a false winter.
I did. I stuck them out in the gargage frig. Keeping the beer company fir about three weeks.

Level 9

Since: Sep 11

Weeki Wachee, Florida

#20 Jan 19, 2012
Apparently, amaryllis are notdeer resistant. That blows.

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