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Tips for Buying, Growing, Storing, and Maintaining Bulbs

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

If you want to grow a beautiful garden full of color and beauty you will have to do your homework. Flowers can bring lot of pleasure to the eyes and to the soul. A garden is a place of solace. It provides a serene atmosphere to escape from the stress that life brings. It is also provides an inexpensive way to create an outdoor living space. Plants that grow, multiply, and come back for more than one season create an ever changing platform for the yard. Each year, different plants can be easily added to create a pleasing and attractive landscape over time. Knowing how to choose your plants, and how to take care of them is important to this process. Planting bulbs will bring about breathtaking displays that will bring you pleasure for years to come. Here is some advice to help you make this a success.

Fall is the perfect time of the year to plant spring-flowering bulbs. Purchasing now during the planting season will yield you a bounty of variety. There is a large array of colors and blooms to pick from at this time of the year. You will want to find large and healthy looking bulbs that are firm to the touch. They will yield larger blooms and more plants. Larger bulbs can be planted with smaller ones for a pleasing affect as long as they bloom at the same time. Do not buy cheap, poor quality bulbs because they will produce less flowers. They can also produce no flowers at all, so considering that bulbs are fairly inexpensive, you should shoot for the best quality that you can find. Lastly, wait to plant summer-flowering bulbs in April and May after the cooler temperatures have dissipated.

When planting bulbs make sure that the soil is moist and well-drained. Soggy soil can cause the bulbs to rot. Turn the planting bed over and add some sand or compost to the bed if it appears to be to damp. You can also add a layer of gravel under your planting bed if you are determined to use a wet location. Just make sure that you provide adequate drainage and that the soil is in optimal condition before planting in this type of environment. There are some varieties of bulbs that do like this type of soil to keep their roots cool, so ask at the nursery if you are dealing with this type of situation. Always add organic matter, compost, and super phosphate fertilizer to your planting beds before adding bulbs. When placing the bulbs in the bed make sure that they are flush with the ground and points are facing up. There should be no air pocket under the bulbs which will deter the root system from becoming established.

Do not use sharp tools to get rid of weeds. Some tools can damage the bulb and kill it. It is better to pull up weeds by hand. If you have problems with rodents, then sprinkle some mothballs in the planting bed. This should deter them from coming near your plants.

After the blooms are spent for the season, then you can go ahead and deadhead the plant, but leave the leaves intact. The leaves should remain on the plant until they turn yellow and die back. The leaves provide food for the plant until they fall off. After the first freeze you can cut the foliage back to the ground and place a small layer of mulch over the bed for the winter.

When storing bulbs until the planting season protect them from excess moisture that will cause them to rot. You should space tender bulbs in some dry peat or sand and keep it slightly wet. Store them in a cool dark area until you are ready to plant them. Check them once a month and make sure that they don't dry out. Add a s amount of water to your sand or peat if needed.


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Oct 17, 2010 1:42am
maryrecord
I'm going to be moving down south next year. I bulbs that require a certain amount of cold will need to be dug and chilled if I want to grow them. I'm trying to decide just how much I want spring flowering bulbs.
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