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Offline Cass

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Bulbs that are quick multipliers
« on: April 07, 2017, 06:35:55 AM »
If I wanted to buy a few bulbs (corms, tubers etc) this year, with the idea of gradually filling out the bed over the next few years as they multiply, what would you recommend?

Climate: cold frosty winters with regular temps of -3 overnight but rarely much colder than that, summer weather similar to Melbourne (hot and dry but not insane). Narcissus do very well here.

Please also let me know if they are likely to be 'weedy' - I have been trying to remove some arum lilies from a bed since we moved here and it is an impossible task

Offline bulborum

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Re: Bulbs that are quick multipliers
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 07:55:29 AM »
Sounds as most species bulbs and tubers will do well for you
For shady area's maybe Cyclamen , see picture below
For tulip species , fertiliser is important also taking out the seed-pods after flowering
One important lesson
The faster they multiply , the easier they take over your garden
If you are on Facebook  visit my bulb-group (address under this post)
You can learn there a lot

Roland

Offline penny

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Re: Bulbs that are quick multipliers
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 12:31:15 PM »
Nerines and Valottas - red, pink and and oranges - multiply fast, don't become a problem. For sunny spots.

Offline Cass

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Re: Bulbs that are quick multipliers
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 07:47:03 PM »
Thank you both!

Penny, I like the look of the Valottas and will keep an eye out for them.

Roland, have joined your bulb group on FB, good timing as lots are blooming in the northern hemisphere right now [emoji3]

Re: tulips, from what I have read 'species tulips' such as these http://www.vogelvry.com.au/tulip-species/ will naturalise well in the garden but the flashy hybrid tulips are quite tricky to keep going year to year, let alone multiply them. Is that your experience?

Offline dojustdat

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Re: Bulbs that are quick multipliers
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 05:39:20 AM »
If I wanted to buy a few bulbs (corms, tubers etc) this year, with the idea of gradually filling out the bed over the next few years as they multiply, what would you recommend?

Climate: cold frosty winters with regular temps of -3 overnight but rarely much colder than that, summer weather similar to Melbourne (hot and dry but not insane). Narcissus do very well here.

Please also let me know if they are likely to be 'weedy' - I have been trying to remove some arum lilies from a bed since we moved here and it is an impossible task [emoji35]
Try chinese artichokes or rakkyo

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Offline bulborum

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Re: Bulbs that are quick multipliers
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 06:40:53 AM »
flashy hybrid tulips are quite tricky to keep going year to year, let alone multiply them. Is that your experience?

Hi Cass

I explained this before
Large tulips are easy not tricky
They just need more energy to flower
So the solution is easy
Enough food (fertiliser) , enough water to let the food reach 30 cm deep where the roots are
Take out the flower after flowering so they can't set seed (lost energy) and let the leaves die down completely
DON'T BUY HALF DEAD BULBS  ^^77

Roland