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8 inches is too deep for A. Sikokianum

Posted by MacDaddy z5b,z6a,z7 NY (My Page) on
Fri, May 6, 05 at 22:45


All but one of my A. Sikokianum survived the winter fine. That one seems mushy on top. I will let dry in the air then replant. Only about 1/3 of the plants actually made it to the surface. I noticed a couple were trying to spread leaves right at ground level. So I dug up the rest and the other 2/3 had opened up below ground. The leaves and flowers were literally unfurling underground. I reset them at 6 inches deep. One had settled to 10 inches deep but the rest were all at eight inches deep. I had read they should be set 6 to 8 inches deep. I can see that would only work if the soil were extra light with just sand and humus. The little bit of extra clay made it hard for them to push that extra two inches.

So I am going to have a bunch of weird deformed flowers this year. Oh well, live and learn.

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RE: 8 inches is too deep for A. Sikokianum

I don't know about tubers but for bulbs what works is to have the top of the bulb about 3-4 diameters below the surface and seeds which don't require light are set about the same.
I would bet that if you dug a few jack in the pulpit you would find them even shallower.

RE: 8 inches is too deep for A. Sikokianum

Yes, I should think that four inches is plenty for these. I have mine set at about three. PF

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