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Alan_b

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Propagating Annual Corms
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:40:16 PM »
I have been able to secure a pale form of bulbous buttercup ("F.M Burton") that I have been after for a while.  But reading up on Ranunculus bulbosus here http://old.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicweeds/weed_information/weed.php?id=70 I find that it is a corm that completely renews itself each year.  So unless it comes true from seed then propagation represents quite a challenge.  There must be established techniques for this type of corm/bulb but I would be grateful to hear from anyone familiar with them.  Perhaps there is some sort of controlled damage that will persuade the corm to grow multiple shoots?       
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Re: Propagating Annual Corms
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 05:46:27 PM »
A corm is a compressed stem so like any stem if you removed the dominant shoot you should encourage side shoots to form. I have tried this with Crocus corms, removing the shoot, with varying degrees of success - it would certainly be worth trying if you have some spares.
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Re: Propagating Annual Corms
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 07:12:26 PM »
Thank you, Ian, that makes excellent sense.  The only problem is that I won't get any spares until I learn how to propagate them.
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Re: Propagating Annual Corms
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 08:56:29 PM »
Did CGF send a good pot full or a single plant?
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