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corm

(korm) [Gr. kormos, a trimmed tree trunk]
A short, bulb-shaped underground stem of a plant such as the autumn crocus, a source of colchicine.

corm

a modified underground stem found in some MONOCOTYLEDONS, for example crocus and meadow saffron, that is usually broader than high and contains no fleshy scale leaves (as in the BULB) but rather has its food reserves in the stem. See Fig. 120 .
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Mice and voles love to snack on saffron corms, and rabbits eagerly nibble the leaves to the ground.
When corms arrive, don't wait long to plant because they can dry up.
The analysis of variance for diameter and mass of gladiolus corms was significant for the interaction between wood ash doses and soil water content and fitted to a polynomial regression model (Figures 5A and B).
There are also significant differences between local accession on total yield, plant weight, harvesting index, corm weight, number of cormlet, antioxidant capacity, flavonoids and P content (Table 6).
Place in the sun to cure (dry), then shake off any clinging soil, break off the old corm, and store in paper bag (never plastic) in a frost-free location over winter.
The saffron is a sterile geophyte that produces annual renewal corms and is propagated only by them [32].
The corms obtained from a farmer from Safranbolu in Karabuk province of Turkey where is the one of the most important saffron planting area commercially.
Gladiolus corms should be cleaned before storing, by removing the old corm from the base and saving the small cormlets to grow on.
If you want to try growing Crocosmia in cold climates (where temperatures fall below 10[degrees] and the ground freezes), you'll need to dig up corms every fall; store in a frost-free place for winter, and replant in spring.
For outside displays, freesia corms should be planted in April in light, well drained soil in full sun.
These new corms can also handle increased differential loading, allowing the use of zoned type rolls for caliper profile control.