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microchick

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How do you dig them up? Do you cut the tops off? I wanted to dig mine up last year but they still had huge tops on them. Most of them came back and split to multiples. Some didn't come back.
I just take a spade to them making sure to dig out far enough that I don't hack a bulb in two which I have done before. And yes, I do trim back the stalks/leaves to about 6 inches of stalk and I use that to tie them in a bundle and hang them in our shop where it never freezes.
 

Peep_Show

Free Ranging
Mar 14, 2010
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Two buckets? Wow!
The biggest mound of peonies was 3+ feet across. Lots of clumps there and hadn't ever been divided in the 7 years we've been here.
I've got a swath of gladiolas, too, but they just keep multiplying. Odd in that they started out apricot but now are all solid white. Are they like hydrangeas and need a certain pH or mineral to keep their color?
 

CapricornFarm

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Feb 1, 2010
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The biggest mound of peonies was 3+ feet across. Lots of clumps there and hadn't ever been divided in the 7 years we've been here.
I've got a swath of gladiolas, too, but they just keep multiplying. Odd in that they started out apricot but now are all solid white. Are they like hydrangeas and need a certain pH or mineral to keep their color?
I don't think so.
 

Perris

Still learning
Jan 28, 2018
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Morning Old folks the smoke is back here .. We surmised that is what killed my other silkie .. California fires are so bad
that is such a shame; poor things; it's not as if they can stop breathing till it clears. Is there any sort of filter you could put over the windows to stop smoke entering the coop? Would paper let air through while keeping smoke particles out?
 

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