My Poor Mrs. Garfield

dondelduxFebruary 5, 2014

Woe is me!! My poor Mrs. Garfield who was so generously given to me by someone on this forum was rotting. I noticed about a month ago that the leaves had turned yellow and died so I though she just wanted a nap for a month or so..I was so wrong!

I've done my best to clean her up and after thoroughly drying I will give her another chance. There was a bit of the basal plate left with a few roots and no, this was not the work of a NBF.


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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

OH NO!!! Keep an eye and worst do some slicing and try to get a couple offsets from that piece. SO SORRY!!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 10:08AM
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So sorry to hear about Mrs. Garfield did she just start rotting from the inside out? At least there's a little bit of the basal plate left, let's keep our fingers crossed for some offsets

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 1:54PM
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amaryllisfred(6b Cambridge MA)

Hi Donna,

You poor thing. There's nothing more heart breaking then a special plant the goes the way of the Dodo. I wonder if this is a common issue with Mrs. Garfield? I have a pot of them that are just growing, but not thriving or flowering. Maybe this is just a weak hybrid? How are you growing yours?

Warm Regards,

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 2:08PM
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Of course very sorry, but I was even worse - bulb obtained from Thailand, planted by all the rules,
two years failed to take root. RetiÃÂulatum hybrids until take root very difficult to grow. But your bulb still gives hope, try to dry well the wounds and again rooting. They are easy to form the bulblets.
Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 7:14PM
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The only thing I can attribute this to is too much water. I will admit that I top watered this as it was doing so well. I've had this bulb for more than a year and it rooted well and had a few lovely leaves.

I have a pot full of reticulatum var striatifolium and they are doing great (if I dare say it). This winter I have been bottom watering only but in the more warm and humid summer I had been top watering.

Oh well, we do the best we can and sometimes we loose...


Here she was in her full glory and I will attempt to bring her back but she looks pretty dismal right about now.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 8:17PM
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Yikes. I'm sorry to hear that! :(

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 2:16AM
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I have a Mrs. Garfield that I am overwintering under lights. I was wondering if it is necessary to let it go dormant? It is slowly growing.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 9:41PM
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