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 Post subject: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:11 am 
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I got my order from Jungs yesterday and am planning on planting this afternoon. I soak the bulbs in a pail of water before I plant them. I think I read somewhere that this kind of wakes them up. Anyone do this with bulbs or dormant plants in general or am I nuts ??

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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:11 pm 
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I've never heard that before, but then I live in the NorthWET part of the country, so they get a good soaking. :lol: I'll be curious to hear if anyone has done it.


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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:38 pm 
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i've never heard of that.


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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
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Interesting idea Fauxfly and it makes sense to hydrate them prior to planting. We always soak sweet pea seed overnight and clivia, strelitzia for 2 days etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:10 pm 
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I've heard people recommend soaking some tubers such as anemones and winter aconite, it is supposed to help them plump up after all the drying out they do during shipping.
Also bare root perennials and shrubs/trees can be soaked... oh yeah, ranunculus roots too.... but gladiolus not.

I'm sure it won't bother them a bit though, and I wouldn't doubt that it wakes them up a bit faster.
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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:31 am 
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I don't do it.....just planted another 40 tulips, but I think I recall hearing about soaking a bulb just as you plant it. I don't know whether I'd soak it overnight....that seems to invite softness to the scales, but I could be wrong. Then again, maybe I'm thinking I heard that you soak it in a fertilizer bath prior to doing it.
Anyway, its something readers can think about for next spring's plantings.


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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:47 am 
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I water them after I plant them. Getting them wet may soften the bulbs and make them more prone to damage than when they are dry and dormant.

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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:53 pm 
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I soak only the basal plate and roots of a bulb overnight prior to planting it. It is recommended to soak Hippeastrum bulbs in warm water with the basal plate and roots in the water with the bulb suspended above the water. The bulb is apparently woken up that way too. It is amazing to note how much water the roots absorb overnight after a dry out of season storage.

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 Post subject: Re: Soaking Glad bulbs
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8) I am so curious about it. And I have never try it.


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