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Old 05-09-2019, 03:16 PM
 
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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Whenever I've seen a large clump & examined it, its bulbs appear to be above the ground. However, when I searched for instructions on how deep they should be buried, I could only find *one* source that mentioned that issue. It said their "large bulbs" should be buried just under the surface of the ground . . . but, their bulbs are all small . . . so I'm not sure what to make of its instructions:

"Plant large society bulbs just below the surface of the ground
and space them 8 to 12 inches apart and water well."

"Society Garlic Plant Care | Tulbaghia violacea"
https://www.hunker.com/13426278/soci...lic-plant-care
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:09 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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The bulbs of those plants actually are rather small anyway, more like small green onions rather than real garlic bulbs and though they don't get really big they do develop huge clumps of roots growing out of their bottoms and more small bulbs that split off from them. Once the roots are established they will push the top parts of the bulbs up to the surface just a bit so just the top is exposed and foliage can start growing out of the top of the bulb. Those roots can also pull the bulbs back deeper down into the ground for protection if growing conditions change for the worse for some reason..... like extended drought or sudden very cold temperatures, for example.

If you have some bulbs plant them as advised, no matter what size they are, with the top parts of the bulbs covered just below the surface of the soil. Let them settle in and do their thing and they will grow big roots and turn into clumps of several plants which can later be divided if you wish.

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Old 07-12-2019, 10:30 PM
 
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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If you have some bulbs plant them as advised, no matter what size they are, with the top parts of the bulbs covered just below the surface of the soil. Let them settle in and do their thing and they will grow big roots and turn into clumps of several plants which can later be divided if you wish.

Is the 'top of the bulb' where the leaves come out of it, seperated?

Because if it is, they certainly have *long* necks!

Or, is the top further down . . . ?



I tend to think of them as having corms, rather than bulbs.
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:40 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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This website has a good picture (see below) of what the 'bulbs' and roots look like - yes, they have long necks above the bottoms of the bulbs and the thick white roots grow out of the bottoms of the bulbs. I would plant them so that the bottom quarter of the neck is in soil and the top three quarters of the neck is above the soil. As the thick white roots grow on them they will push the bulbs higher above ground or pull them lower below ground depending on climate conditions.


Kebun Malay-Kadazan girls: Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)



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