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By Motinot

down, Ireland

I love 'crown imperials', but i dont have any luck growing them...Early this spring i planted them on their sides with sand added for drainage and some good compost....They came up and were looking great and then they turned a pale beige colour and collapsed...I dug up the bulbs and they look fine...please tell me what to do now...the site i planted them in is a sunny they need shade???



Your growing method sounds fair enough to me, Motinot. We grow Crown Imperials in a similar manner with moderate success. I have noticed in some years that they die off before flowering but I don't know why.
Are yours planted deeply? They should be. I guess that your soils can be generally damp so make sure that there is a deap layer of sand beneath the bulb.

25 Jun, 2009


Ok.. thanks Bulbaholic.....i will try them a bit deeper...I though the bulbs had maybe rotted off because of too much moisture...but the bulbs look they like full sun or a bit of shade???

25 Jun, 2009


They like a sunny site so that the domant bulb gets a good baking in summer.

25 Jun, 2009


Thank you so much for your help Bulbaholic...Ill give them another go......bfn...:>)

25 Jun, 2009

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