Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Winterkill, I mean over-wintering

I am sure this is the earliest we’ve had to drag in the potted roses and the garden furniture—normally, I wait until the first snow of the year to get the roses in. Oh right—we had the first snow of the year!

And it looks as though there will be more quite soon. Of course, my regrettably unharmed maples have yet to shed a leaf.

It’s been chilly in GWI country, so I’ve taken my colocasia down to the basement, where I will:

A.) Cut them down and leave them in the pot to go dormant in the root cellar.
B.) Take the tubers out of the pot and leave them in a box of peat moss or something like that.
C.) Take everything out of the pot and throw it all out.

Why is C. so attractive? Could it be that I’ve never had one bit of luck saving items such as these and even less starting them inside when spring comes? Could it be that I know in my heart that the beautiful set of 5 young plants (so nicely packed) I got from Brent and Becky’s for $30 last spring will be available to me once again? Could it be that I’m a wasteful slacker who hates the environment?

I am looking forward to finally potting up the hyacinths (yes, the ones I have had for at least 2 weeks) and some other goodies I am forcing—maybe tonight.

Oh yeah—someone gave me some colchicums that say “for indoor forcing only.” What could be meant by that, I wonder? I thought these were fall-blooming bulbs that one plants in the ground for the next year. Never had much luck with them.


Kathy said...

I have heard that some people just leave the colchicum corm on a windowsill and let it bloom, and then throw it away. I am surprised to hear you don't have much luck with them. I grow many different ones here, and we are at least as cold as Buffalo during the winter, though we did miss out on the recent snow. Some types do require good drainage, such as lavender requires to winter over, but Colchicum byzantinum was growing fine when we moved in, with no help from anyone.

EAL said...

I think it is the drainage--I had them in a bad spot.

Earth Girl said...

I tried to overwinter colocasia tubers last winter the same way I overwinter begonia tubers, with no luck. This winter I'm trying something different - hanging them barerooted in the basement. I hope we both have some beautiful plants next year.

lisa said...

I'm gonna try overwintering mine along with cannas, caladiums, and some water garden plants in a cube/college fridge and see what happens! I figure that regardless of varying advice on winter storage of tender bulbs/plants, I'm going to be stubborn and see if I can have sucess "my way". Besides, I don't have a basement or any other cool area protected from rodents, so here goes nothing!