Devon, United Kingdom
Planting Montbetia that has begun to sprout!
Hello. Last year - at around October - my Nan cleared a section of low, soil-filled boundary wall which earlier had had Montbrecia growing along the top to absolutely stunning effect. I kept these plants in bags in a few inches of their soil while I decided what to do with them.
Now that I finally have somewhere to put them - and we are now talking April the following year! - I find that most of the Montbretia corms have sprouted with many having feeble-looking leaves around a foot long. The corms themselves look extremely healthy.
What is the best thing to do with these corms before planting?
I've been given conflicting advice by gardening friends; one says to simply wrap the sproutings around the bulb and plant away, and the other claims the best thing to do is to snip off any growth leaving only an inch or so above the bulb before planting. At least they both agree I should plant them...
What should I do, please?! And will they still bloom late this year?
- 25 Apr, 2011