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Curcuma Aurintiaca

Posted by dogboy7 Atlanta GA (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 5, 06 at 14:37

Recently purchased bulbs (?) of this plant at a flower show from a QVC salesperson. I just opened the plastic bag that they came in, and instead of 6 separate bulbs, I found 10 marble sized bulbs attached together. When planting, do I detach or plant them all together?
Thanx in advance.


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RE: Curcuma Aurintiaca

Dogboy,

I would plant them as one. Separating them could stall blooms for a year. In my experience, the larger the root mass, the better chance for blooms.

Steve


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RE: Curcuma Aurintiaca

Many curcumas have round storage tubers attached by "arms" to the main rhizome. These provide food for the plant, but do not have a growing point and will not produce a plant if broken off. I don't remember seeing these on C. aurantiaca, but I'd leave them attached anyway.

Here is a link that might be useful: Curcuma rhizomes


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