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james_tigerwoods

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12,729 posts

94 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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As an extension of the "Where do trees come from" - I've often wondered where plant bulbs come from. I've got some daffs and the like on their way out but they're all bulbs - so where do these come from?

Fetchez la vache

4,573 posts

111 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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you buy them in packets at the garden centre

Edited by Fetchez la vache on Monday 23 March 12:42

JamesIIIII

923 posts

105 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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they come from the garden centre

james_tigerwoods

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12,729 posts

94 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Thanks smile

What about before the Garden Centre? biggrin

Sixpackpert

3,231 posts

111 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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The wholesaler...

BoRED S2upid

12,006 posts

137 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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james_tigerwoods said:
Thanks smile

What about before the Garden Centre? biggrin
A bulb grower.

otolith

29,296 posts

101 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Many plants commonly sold as dormant bulbs can also be grown from seed. It's just more convenient to allow someone else to germinate them and grow them on for the first year, so that you can buy the bulbs and have them flowering the following spring.

dan1981

11,610 posts

96 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Wales i think.

I think they start life as Blubs.

davido140

9,027 posts

123 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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otolith said:
Many plants commonly sold as dormant bulbs can also be grown from seed. It's just more convenient to allow someone else to germinate them and grow them on for the first year, so that you can buy the bulbs and have them flowering the following spring.
What he said,

I had this exact conversation about spud with my green fingered oldies, they have been planting "seed potatos" which are basically tiny little spuds, which then grow into big bunches of "proper" spuds.

"but where do they come from"

says me, in my childlike wonder! (31 years old)

Spud plants will go to flower, do the normal pollenation thing and go to seed, which then grows this tiny little spuds.

Its just easier to buy the little-uns and plant them than go from a "real" seed.

At least thats how I understood it.

TimJMS

2,400 posts

148 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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The tulip originated in Turkey.

AndyAudi

1,853 posts

119 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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davido140 said:
otolith said:
Many plants commonly sold as dormant bulbs can also be grown from seed. It's just more convenient to allow someone else to germinate them and grow them on for the first year, so that you can buy the bulbs and have them flowering the following spring.
What he said,

I had this exact conversation about spud with my green fingered oldies, they have been planting "seed potatos" which are basically tiny little spuds, which then grow into big bunches of "proper" spuds.

"but where do they come from"

says me, in my childlike wonder! (31 years old)

Spud plants will go to flower, do the normal pollenation thing and go to seed, which then grows this tiny little spuds.

Its just easier to buy the little-uns and plant them than go from a "real" seed.

At least thats how I understood it.
Not Quite, it is required to keep Plant's/spuds true to type. Tubers & Bulbs are a product of asexual reproduction and are "copies" of their parent. In order to get a consistant output (Clones) tubers & bulbs are planted instead of "True Seed" Each seed produced by a plant (including potatoes) has the potential to be a new variety if cross polinated by other varieties grown nearby. Ive sown seeds from a "Potato Plum" which were a cross of 2 established varieties. The offspring of which were all different (in plant growth/maturity and colour), (hundreds of new varieties) however as none of them were "better" than their parents they all got binned.

(Seed potatoes are only smaller than the ones you eat so there is less to store and they are easily handled, some of the ones you buy in the supermarket can easily be stuck in the ground)



Edited by AndyAudi on Monday 23 March 13:04

jeff m

3,866 posts

155 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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AndyAudi said:
Seed potatoes are only smaller than the ones you eat so there is less to store and they are easily handled, some of the ones you buy in the supermarket can easily be stuck in the ground
I thought they sprayed them with something to prevent the growth of those little sprouts.
A spray which obviously doesn't work very well as the ones we buy always sprout about two days after purchase.

HRG

62,460 posts

136 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Spalding. HTH.

Plotloss

67,270 posts

167 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Nice, another Ambiwlans moment.

AndyAudi

1,853 posts

119 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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jeff m said:
AndyAudi said:
Seed potatoes are only smaller than the ones you eat so there is less to store and they are easily handled, some of the ones you buy in the supermarket can easily be stuck in the ground
I thought they sprayed them with something to prevent the growth of those little sprouts.
A spray which obviously doesn't work very well as the ones we buy always sprout about two days after purchase.
Some do use Sprout Suppressants, although many of our the ones on our shelves don't.
Try and keep them in a cool dark place like (dare I say it) the Garage.

james_tigerwoods

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94 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Plotloss said:
Nice, another Ambiwlans moment.
Howso? I genuinely don't know how a daff goes from sprouted flower to a mass of seeds....

Zad

10,251 posts

133 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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Other than seeds, which take alonger to become flowering plants: Bulbs come from bulblets. When a bulb has grown to a large size, it will basically generate a small bulb on the same root base. When these get large enough, they break off from the main bulb and effectively become their own new bulb. This is why it is a good idea to dig up daffodils every few years and split the bulbs to give them more space.



With some bulbs, they can be opened up into dozens of 'scales' which can then be planted to grown on their own.

otolith

29,296 posts

101 months

Monday 23rd March 2009
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james_tigerwoods said:
Plotloss said:
Nice, another Ambiwlans moment.
Howso? I genuinely don't know how a daff goes from sprouted flower to a mass of seeds....
Here's a "how to" article :

http://www.flower-garden-bulbs.com/daffodil-seed.h...