Relationship between corm size & offshoots

joeb004(z3/4 MN)July 17, 2006

So my paeoniifolius is now sending up its fourth leaf. This wasn't a terribly big bulb to begin with. I'm thinking of this as a conservation of engergy type thing. The corm can use its energy to grow or produce offshoots. Am I likely to be dissapointed when I pull up the corm this fall? Is there anything that can be done to maybe produce less offshoots? 3 seems excessive to me, especially it its coming at the expense of overall corm growth. Thanks again everyone for taking the time to answer my newbie questions.



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nightbloomincereus 7A noVA(7a Northern VA)

My experience is with the konjac I bought in spring 2005, but may be relevant here.

It was a small corm to begin with and put out what I thought was quite a good sized leaf by june. In july a second leaf came up followed by a third. (At the time I knew little about bulbs getting smaller by dividing into new plants.)

The shoots finally died around november as my greenhouse began to chill and I removed it from the pot. I found a much larger bulb than what I had planted and something like 7 offsets of varrying size. However, it was growing in miracle grow mix soil so that must have helped.

Since your bulb also started out as a bit of a small fry I am guessing that if you fertilize regularly it will be bigger this fall when you unpot it and will have more offsets than those with aboveground leaves. :-)

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 4:10PM
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