Bulbs and squirrels

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Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Carolyn » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:14 pm

I saw on Gardeners World this week that you should soak your bulbs in tonic water before planting, as squirrels don't like the smell of quinine. Sadly I have already planted mine - and I bet he digs them up :evil:

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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Nicola H » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:35 pm

Is tonic water that fizzy water stuff that tastes funny? That sounds weird for bulbs.... but if it works!!

Ron bought me a bag of 70 daffodil bulbs last week, should I be planting them out soon or in Spring? We don't normally have that kind of bulb here, so I don't know what to do with them.
Do you plant them in clusters, or all together? Do they multiply over time or you just get one flower per bulb for life??

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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Kath » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:57 pm

They bloom in the spring , Nicola, so you need to plant them any time now.They will naturalise if you don't disturb them and then they will multiply..Plant them in groups...about 5 to a group. I don't know about your climate however.I should think if your ground freezes you would be better planting sooner rather than later.Have you seen daffodils growing in your area?

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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Carolyn » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:43 pm

mine are in, they can be planted in the next month or so - or like Kath says before your frosts start.

I normally dig a hole and put 5 in as well. If you have soil that could water log you can chuck some sand or grit or something for a bit of drainage. But I think daffs are the most tolerant of conditions.

When some start poking through the soil - if you want to have a play = a friend of mine used to put 2ltr bottles with the bottom cut off over them as a mini cloche and they will flower earlier :)

The squirrels have always uprooted crocus and left daffs, I have put some crocus in but got them from Poundland - refuse to pay garden centre prices to feed the squirrel!

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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Zug Stitcher » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:11 am

I think it was squirrels that wiped out our entire snowdrop crop one year - we have hundreds one spring, then the next not a single one! If it wasn't squirrels, it was the dog!

Crocuses seem to ahve gone the same way - but daffs pop up year after year and are defintely multiplying.

I thought tuplis wer perennials too - but some are defintely not!

Off to the garden centre today me thinks :-)

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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Carolyn » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:17 am

Bulbs should come up every year but I think they can rot, or just not reproduce new bulbs.

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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Crafty Barbie » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:25 pm

We seem to get less and less flowers from our daffodils and tulips every year. They grow lots of leaves but very few flowers. I am always buying more.
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Re: Bulbs and squirrels

Postby Kath » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:04 pm

I have just read that you will get a lot of leaves and few flowers if you feed bulbs? Apparently they have all they need for nourishment in the bulb. I knew they had enough food in the bulb, but not about the growing more leaves and few flowers .


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