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When should I see something coming up?
#81591 March 13th, 2007 at 12:07 AM
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I planted 28 Acidanthera bulbs last weekend. We've had four or five days of mid 80's temps since then and I have kept them well watered. How long before I should expect to see shoots coming up? The bag did not give me a "days to germination" time, and I cannot find the answer on line. Thanks in advance.

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#81592 March 13th, 2007 at 12:19 AM
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Peacock Orchids, as well with any bulb,
need a wee~bit of time to establish roots first..
Then will send up green shoots..

If they don't establish a root system first,
they won't have anyway to uptake water and food
thru the roots to utilize all the nutrients they take in thru photosynthesis process..

I'd say a good handful of weeks at least...
2~4 or so maybe......

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#81593 March 13th, 2007 at 10:31 PM
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Thanks for the info Weezie. I must learn to be patient. I can't wait to see the shoots. One thing I did do, was to rake leaves over the bed to try and help hold in moisture since it's so dry here. Plus our soil is pretty sandy. Should I have done that? I have been watering them, actually soaking them, every day. Am I overdoing it?

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#81594 March 13th, 2007 at 11:39 PM
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I might not water every day..
Seems like that would be too much..
But I don't know your soils' that well..
but usually you let the soil dry down a bit,
before watering..
Give them a wee~bit of a break and water in a few days, if the soil seems dry...

*remember the roots are forming right now, and you don't want soooo much water that they drowned and rot...*
(but again, I don't know your soil all that well, but hold off a bit and dry a bit)

Raking the leaves over is okay..
For us up here, it would be a temp. barrier between the ground and snow!
But for you, keeping it moist and cool could be a good thing..
*I hear some of the temps' down there are 80*'s or so*

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