Identifying Bad Flower Bulb

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How to identify bad flower bulbs; get professional tips and advice from an expert on picking, buying, and planting flower bulbs in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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YOLANDA VANVEEN: Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. Next, we're going to continue with our discussion on what to do with moldy flower bulbs. Here's one that's completely covered with mold. The eye of it is dead and I'm breaking it apart and it is just slimy and it's really light. This one's no good. Oh well, I've got through the other ones that look really good. So, I don't take it personally. I can always get more bulbs. Same thing with this Pineapple Lily or Eucomis, it's a really sought-after beautiful plant. It's got some mold on it so I would think, "Oh, no, it's no good," but all of a sudden if I just rub it in dirt or when you plant it, this is my trick to see if it's still good, the mold pretty much comes right off, the bulb is still fine, so I always still plant them. Another problem I have with flower bulbs sometimes is aphids getting onto them when they've been stored for a while. They get moist and then these little tiny bugs start attacking any type of growth and they'll eventually kill the bulb. So, as soon as you see this happen, there are quite a few different things that you can do. Same thing; if I rub the plant in dirt, it seems to rub the aphids right off. You can take a little hose or water, put water and wash them right off. Another trick I found is sawdust. You just put some sawdust with them and you separate them or you kinda just rub them into the sawdust and they seem to--the sawdust dries them out to the point the aphids can't survive. So, the point is bulbs don't have to be perfect for you to plant them in your garden. A lot of times you can find them in clearance or you'll find them in your garage and they don't look that great. As long as there's one part of one cell, it will reproduce. So, go ahead and plant them and enjoy your garden for many years to come just from one little bulb. Next, we're going to talk about how to plant bulbs in warmer climates.