I was at my local big box retailer, the one with greeters, and they were selling their bulbs for 50% off. I know it is late in the season but the Peonies and the Dahlias I already have as so beautiful and I would love more in my garden.
I gently held the bags, pressed the bulbs to test for hardness and squinted to see if I could find new growth indicating the bulbs were still good. I know I am not going to get flowers this year, I just wanted to get them in the ground and baby them. Well my poking and prodding indicated the dahlias were still viable but very iffy about the Peonies.
Once home I soaked them in rain water for 60 minutes, let them rest for 30 minutes and then gave another good soaking. Finally, I planted them in 6" pots with 100 pure compost and soaked the soil really well.
As I thought the dahlias bulbs were fine and I don’t think I will have any trouble with them. They were plumb, firm and showed new growth. On the other hand, check out the Peonies photo below and let me know your thoughts, I think there is just a little new growth.
What do y’all think? Good Deal or not, the Dahlias were $1.50 each and $3 for (2) Peonies roots.
Also, any tips on how to baby them???* I put them in pots so I could move them in and out of full sun, keep out of the reach of deer/rabbits and better monitor for new growth. I will transplant in the fall to their final home.
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