Special Guest Today: Sarah Rummery - Manager of Horticulture, Reiman Gardens - Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Fun Bulbs at Reiman Gardens To Try Forcing as recommended by Sarah
Peruvian Squill - Scilla peruviana
Acutally the many plants we refer to as having "bulbs" have other bulb-like sturctures like corms, tubers, rhizomes, or tuberous roots. The more appropriate term would be Geophyte
Geophyte (j-ft) n. a perennial plant propagated by buds on an underground storage organ, such as a bulb, corm, tuber, or rhizome.
Spring Bulbs to Look For!
Sarah suggests some early spring bulbs, planted in the fall that may be popping up soon outside
Siberian Squill - Scilla siberica
Crocus - Crocus vernus
Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis
Snowflake - Leucojum aestivum
Striped Squill - Puschkinia scilloides
Winter Aconite - Eranthis hyemalis
Forcing Spring Bulbs
Maybe you found a few extra bulbs your forgot to plant this fall - you could still try this. Or just make plans for next year!
Forcing Spring Branches
You can clip and bring in branches of some of your favorite early spring blooming shrubs and force them to bloom. A great way to add a touch of spring a little early.
Great plants for this include: Forsythia, Magnolia, Redbud, Serviceberry, Witchhazel, Crabapple, and of course.....Pussy Willow
Here is more information on Forcing Spring Branches from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
There is still plenty of time to order and plant these spring planted, summer blooming bulbs.
The hardy ones
Asiatic Lily - Lilium - specifically, a nice cultivar called 'Commander In Cheif'
Ornamental Onion - Allium - although many plant their bulbs in the fall - this link will take you to the beautiful star of persia allium (Allium christophii)
Crocosmia - Crocosmia - hardy to zone 5
The tender ones
Caladium - Caladium
Canna - Canna
Gladiolus - Gladiolus
Dahlia - Dahlia
Pruning Fruit Trees
A nice overview from North Carolina State University - Pruning Fruit Trees
Got a Sick Plant? Contact the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University
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