It’s been a long road to adapt Chinese Pink to my climate, but I finally have a winter-hardy, robust pool of genetics. Asiatics and Turbans have a low threshold for dormancy- a few cold nights in autumn followed by a November warm spell seem like “winter, then spring!” to them, so they start sprouting early readily. This can cause extra winter losses as they over invest in that first shot of growth and get whacked with actual winter. Plant as late as you dare to avoid this. I am also going to experiment with planting earlier to see if a stronger, deeper root system is the better survival strategy. Weak Chinese Pink cloves will grow into rounds instead of differentiated bulbs. The plants form large, robust bulbils that are good planting stock.