Growing Flowers From
Bulbs - Bulbs are unlike other
kinds of flowers because you plant them a season in advance of when you
anticipate them to sprout and come into flower.
Tulips, daffodils, and crocuses are
perhaps the most well recognized bulb flowers but there are many other different
types of bulb flowers.
The spring bulbs you plant in the fall are
perhaps the most recognized bulb flowers, but there are bulbs that you can plant
in early spring for summer blooms.
Bulbs – Plant your bulbs in
spots where you will not disturb perennial roots. Bulbs must be planted deep,
typically 4-8 inches. Dig a hole to the necessary depth. Combine some bulb food
or bone meal in with your soil at the bottom of the hole. Put the bulb in the
hole the hairy, root-like side must point downwards, the stem up. Fill the hole
with soil, and for fall plantings keep it damp until the ground is frozen.
Planting Bulbs in
Masses - Dig
a hole in the ground to the preferred width and length to the depth necessary
for the kind of bulb you are planting. Spread bulb food or bone meal over the
bottom of the hole and work it into the soil. Place the bulbs in the hole right
side up just a tad closer than suggested for a true mass effect. Use the soil
that you have removed to cover the bulbs. Keep the soil damp until the ground
After your bulbs flower
- After your bulbs
flower and fade away, you can remove the stems. However, do not remove the
leaves if you want the your bulbs to flower again next season. The leaves assist
the bulbs in storing nutrients for the winter. However, you can plant annuals
over the bulbs if you planted your bulbs deep enough to begin with.