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Old 08-03-2018, 10:30 AM
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I've posted extensively on my fdks, mainly around early watering - that is watering lightly even in dormancy.
The prime objective was to get them to bloom early, maybe as soon as October. Normal blooming for them here in Chicago is in December. ( For me )
Well it's prime growth time right now. The biggest bulb is over 12 inches long and is fattening up - a sign of maturity. I'm hoping for early blooms, it'll be great for me as I am space challenged indoors and these plants are giants.
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A couple of notes
- those are in 2 separate pots. They are extra large because I've had them about 7 years and they really like my conditions.
- 8 bulbs in 1 pot, 7 in the other.
- I didn't repot in Spring
- used Osmocote granular fertilizer, roughly a teaspoon in Spring - and a couple more sprinkles since.
- a teaspoon of blood meal in Spring
- a teaspoon of bone meal in Spring and another this week
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I've posted extensively on my fdks, mainly around early watering - that is watering lightly even in dormancy.
The prime objective was to get them to bloom early, maybe as soon as October. Normal blooming for them here in Chicago is in December. ( For me )
Well it's prime growth time right now. The biggest bulb is over 12 inches long and is fattening up - a sign of maturity. I'm hoping for early blooms, it'll be great for me as I am space challenged indoors and these plants are giants.
It will bloom when it wants to... probably as it enters dormancy late in the year. So like or not, you will probably have to wait for the flowers. But the plant is growing beautifully... so that greatly increases the odds that it WILL bloom when the time is right. Some things you just can't control, go with the flow.
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