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by njoynit on November 05, 2005 04:05 AM
I got my crown imperial bulbs in the mail this week....I don't have their bed ready& I wondered if anyone grew them in partial shade before??? and another dumb question.....can i plant them up in paperbags till bed is ready????????////

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by tkhooper on November 05, 2005 05:23 AM
Oh I am so envious that you were able to get them. They are on my list of things to get when I win the lottery. Right after buying the land to plant them on lol. Congrats on your purchase I hope they do well for you.

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by alankhart on November 06, 2005 03:40 AM
I would just put them in the refrigerater until you are ready to plant. I hope you have better luck with yours. Mine only lived 2 years. I have no idea what happened. They were planted in a sunny sight with good drainage...they just didn't come back the third year nor ever since. I think since you are in a warm climate, partial shade would do alright.

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by weezie13 on November 06, 2005 08:25 AM
They are growing Zones 3-8...

What zone's are both of you????

I'm with Tammy on winnin' the lottery
to buy some of those, $20~40 bucks or so
to buy one or two of those bulbs..

How much did you get yours for Njoynit???

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by loz on November 06, 2005 12:58 PM
That's so great njoynit that you got some of them....I hope they grow really good for you!

I'm with tammy and weezie...when I win the lotto I'll have hundreds of them....
by Patty S on November 06, 2005 01:39 PM
'Skeuze me, but Crown Imperial WHAT ?
Sorry... I'm so new at this, I haven't had my sign made yet! [dunno] Still, I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not the only 1 (out of 7,233 people) not familiar with what a Crown Imperial is!

However... there ARE a few clues: Although the Lottery is mentioned a couple of times, a "Crown Imperial" appears to be delivered by USPS, packaged up in bulbs & apparently will fit into a refrigerator, so that eliminates my 1st guess that it's a car. [Frown]

Hmmm... [thinker] Could maybe be fancy liquor of some kind, considering the refrigerator & paper bag clues... & the price (wow!) ...not to mention the shade, sun, & drainage factors, which seem to be matters of preference or necessity for individual "Crown Imperial" users (OH, & the need to have the bed ready, fits in there, too!)

My only alternative guess is borne from the references made to growing & planting... which brings my focus back to the Website I'm on at the moment! ...NO!  - DON'T TELL ME!... It's something having to do with Horticulture... "Crown Imperial" is a flower or shrub of some sort! Right? (scratch shrub... I know of no bulbs that grow shrubbery... [perplexed] but I could be wrong there too, which is OK, cuz I'm new!)
[tongue]

OK, so I suppose I could Google it to save myself the embarrassment of asking, but oh well... too late! I've already hit the ADD REPLY button! [Smile]

It's been fun! [thumb] Thanx! (Still dont know, though!)

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by weezie13 on November 06, 2005 09:25 PM
hahaha [Wink] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [kissies]
They are a very beautiful~majestic plant/flower.
They come in bright yellow and or red...
They are a GREAT deterrant for moles, tunneling
types' of varmits, as they have an order, *to the
varmits' so they stay away from them* and deers won't eat them either..

And they ain't cheap!!!!!!

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by njoynit on November 06, 2005 10:02 PM
I got them at Brecks.My mom loves me and my step dad too(I wonder how jack felt about how I spent $50 off his credit card for my birthday??? [Roll Eyes] [lala] [shocked] )
One is a collection 1 orange 1 yellow& I got 2 collections .And got 2 red ones.SOOOO I gots 6 crown imperial bulbs .They are STILL in the box.cause is weekend....and we are hanging sheetrock in my computer dungen today(hubby left yard on tractor...I hauled computer back into dungen to check my post& how much FEMA sending me ) I think am going to plant 3 in 2 different spots...one spot is cacti bed.full sun well draining& the other along back fence where i've deteered moles by makeing castor bean stew& poring along fenceline(so my 2 lil dogs don't dig tunnels so they can bite moles faces clean off .)I trip on them holes they dig...makes me mad when i spill my drink though...
I hope to get out there Monday morning.......Do any grow taller than the other?now I need placement...drop in as triangle....6-8 inches apart(going for 8)& 8 inches deep with gravel/sand 12-14 inches.what colors go top Red? [dunno] yellow?? [dunno] I get the part about planting on side.

I still gotta figure the crocus out too...i can think about it while screwing up sheetrock....

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by Patty S on November 07, 2005 01:01 AM
Thanx, Weezie! I did look it up & learned that besides what you described, it's also a Lilly! I suppose they're so expensive cuz a person would have to babysit their seeds for so long, that it might be easy to forget where they are! (A year or more to germinate, then maybe another 2-3 years before they produce, if grown from seed, or 2 years before they flower from the offset baby bulbs... all the while, needing to be fertilized.) reference: Plant For A Future -Web site.

I've taken a liking to Legend/Lore on plants, when available, & according to heritagebulbs.com, "In Christian legend, the proud Crown Imperial was the only flower not to bow its head at the Crucifixion, and has ever since bowed and wept with shame." Interesting, huh?

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and deers won't eat them either
I especially like that part [thumb] but I don't think I'm well organized (or patient) enough to do Crown Imperials justice, so I'll just let njoynit do all the work! I'll wait for her to post pics when they bloom, & enjoy them that way!

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by njoynit on November 07, 2005 12:06 PM
that'll keep ya around a few years [Big Grin] [Cool]

I hope they bloom THIS spring& I can keep them fertilized...I'll plant something by them that gets it too..the buddy system .

I been playing with bingo markers(well the red is actually pink...colored in with red pencil)I think Orange will go on top and red/yellow side by side.(then we have mr smarrty who says "line up stright...i'll mowem all at one time!"HA HA NOT!

walled dungen is nice!He even bought me shades...then tried saying they was to be closed at all times allwing no light for no plants.what color walls grow good plants?have they told you?I wonder how black would do?

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by Francine on November 07, 2005 01:27 PM
[wavey]

hi Patty,

almost made me p.. my pants on your earlier post [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

thanks and i hope you can have some bulb,it s sssooo pretty.

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by Betty Boop on November 12, 2005 05:33 AM
Hi, I'm new here too. I just planted my crown imperials. Brecks had a special coupon of $50 of free merchandise a couple months ago. It wasn't one of thos buy $25 and get $25 free....It was $50 free. I got 2 crown imperials and 15 tulip bulbs (overspent by $9). After reading all your notes, I hope my grow and bloom!
by ServantsHeart2003 on November 12, 2005 12:13 PM
I somehow happened to lay hands on a few bulbs myself this Fall. Bought one at Wal-Mart (only about $5?? I think??!!) and a friend at DG (before I was booted off) saw I wanted some prettyu bad and he mailed me a surprise mailing with 2 in it. I think I have yellow and orange. The gift ones I haven't planted yet. We are renting and I hope to find a better place to move when this lease is up so kind of scared to plant them--might not be able to locate them when ready to move. Really want to plant them in a pot so I KNOW where they are, nothing will eat them (believe it or not those tunneling pests that these are supposed to repel actually EAT the bulbs!!) or rot!! Bonnie

Orange Crown Imperial
http://brecks.com/product.asp?pn=67297&bhcd2=1131768683

Red Crown Imperial
http://brecks.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_67272

Yellow Crown Imperial
http://brecks.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_67271

For those who might still wonder what these are!! Enjoy!! Bonnie

They ARE very expensive--if it weren't for finding a bargain and the heart of a fellow gardener I would NOT have even one!!

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by Patty S on November 12, 2005 03:53 PM
HOW AWESOME! Thanks for posting those links, Bonnie! I hadn't come across any pics that nice, of Crown Imperial! You are so LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY to have been able to get them! So, is there a reason why they can't grow in a pot? It would be such a shame to lose them to a bulb muncher! [Mad] (And, I think I'd worry about them drying out if they weren't planted.) (?)

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by TomR on November 12, 2005 08:45 PM
I love crowns! They look like they came from Mars! Everyone stops and asks what they are when they see them. I had a few a couple of years ago but they rotted away on me. Time to get more but they are VERY pricey right now...

Tom

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by ServantsHeart2003 on November 12, 2005 10:05 PM
If they grow offset I would DEFINITELY be willing to share!! Bonnie

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