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59. Learning the basics about garden bulbs

Flowers that bloom from bulbs are some of the most beautiful and unique flowers you will ever see. Bulbs are perennials, meaning once planted, the flower will grow back year after year. Choose healthy bulbs. Avoid bulbs that there are moldy or soft spots, which are indicators that the bulb is not in good condition. Generally you should realize that the larger the bulb you buy, the larger the flower you will produce. There are a variety of bulbs to choose from, ranging in size, color, and cost. Nurseries and retail chains carry the most common type of bulb but for those hard to find bulbs that produce the exotic plants, you might need to turn to reputable mail-order companies.

When bulbs are purchased, they are in a dormant state. The best thing to do is plant them as quickly after purchase as possible, keeping them in a dry place until you’re ready to place them in the ground. The best time to plant bulbs is anytime between September and December. Try to plant the bulbs in an area that receives partial or full sun.

For best results and for the best garden, bulbs should be planted in sunny locations where the underground soil reaches an average of 60 degrees F. Many people think that bulbs have to be placed together, which is not true you can place bulbs wherever you really want too! Bulbs can be placed in between other perennials and annuals as a way of enhancing other flowers. This simple technique will help your flower garden bloom all season long and with a great variety.

Before you put them in the ground, you need to check the bulbs specifications for best time to plant, how deep to make your hole, where to plant, etc. Next layout your bulbs by height and color and create a blueprint to follow. Organize them by laying them on the ground where you want them, then start one by one making your holes in the garden.

Planting bulbs is actually much easier than you might have thought. You can plant the bulbs at a depth of three to four times the height of the bulb. For example, if you planting a Gladiola, which is usually about three inches high, you would dig a hole approximately six inches deep. Another great trick is to place a small amount of sand at the bottom of the hole before adding the bulb, as a way to improve drainage because when bulbs are too wet they will not grow they might rot.

Once the bulbs all in the ground, you should now add some compost or slow-release fertilizer, which will help to enhance growth. Cover each bulb with soil and then pat the soil down so the ground is now firm. Water thoroughly. Continued watering should be about once a month during the cold winter months, unless the ground is frozen, and then a little more often, once a week to help them bloom.

Certain bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinths are considered tear-shaped bulbs and should be planted with the tips facing up. If your bulbs have roots, then plant the root facing down. Be sure that the chosen plants have enough space in-between the next bulb to allow for better growth.

As the bulbs start to peak out from the soil, you will soon be finding some great flowers growing in your garden! When the bulbs have finished blooming, allow the leaves and stems to dry out and wither away or carefully cut them back. Cutting them back too far or pulling them from the ground will actually steal valuable nutrients needed for next year’s bloom.

You will find that after a few years have gone by, the plants that you gave plenty of room to are now crowding each other out. This is perfectly normal and you can simply dig the bulbs up, divide them, and relocate to a roomier location. Your garden will get bigger as your bulbs multiply or you can share and trade bulbs with your other gardener friends! Bulbs are also extremely easy to grow and can be planted by small children helping their parents or by the elderly. These are also much less time-consuming than other types of flowers but will still produce a quality garden.

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