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Gardening Bulb Flowers - Detailed Tips On How To Effectively Plant Bulb Flowers!

Jan 8, 2008
In case you are just starting out gardening, or you have a number of years of gardening experience, there is every possibility that you may consider planting bulbs. Most seasoned gardeners always make it a point to grow bulbs due to their toughness, convenience, and vivid hues.

Bulbs are capable of unfailingly blossoming several times in very season without the need to replant them, and if you properly schedule and tenderly plant them, you can enjoy those gorgeous bulb hues from the end of winter to about June.

After the bulbs are planted, they require very little maintenance and are quite simply are placed in the garden area or in containers.

Then, what exactly are bulbs? These are plainly, a kind of a nursery meant for the plant seed or embryo; now, in this nursery, adequate food and shelter are made available to the plant embryo. The moment the bulb is planted in the soil, there is nothing much to do save for watering it regularly, observe it slowly growing, and appreciate the attractive hues on display by early February or March!

So, now we come to the issue of selecting the suitable kind of bulbs for your garden. In the first instance, as usual, you should consider the environment in which the plant is to grow. When the groundwork for that is completed, you need to reflect on the possible colors you prefer to flaunt in your garden and the right time you desire your garden to be in full bloom.

A majority of gardeners propose tulips since they occur in a kaleidoscopic range of hues, virtually spanning from black to white. Then there are daffodils, which are also an excellent selection, appearing in yellow hues or in intermingling shades of white and yellow.

Still another popular preference of the bulb gardening variety are crocuses, which occur in yellow, white, or purple shades. Of course, you should give free rein to your imagination and fashion bulb blends to produce a captivating display of brilliant colors.

Then again, if you prepare meticulously, you can possess a garden that blooms nearly all the time, by planting myriad bulb variants. Crocuses, tulips, winter aconite, snowdrops, and daffodils all bloom early in the spring season.

Grecian windflowers and Grape hyacinth tend to blossom in the middle of spring, while Persian buttercups and lilies tend to blossom in early to the middle of summer. Begonias, amaryllis, eucomis, dahlias, caladiums, and elephant ears all bloom in summer, even as meadow saffron blossoms in the fall. It is important to commit to memory that the bulbs that tend to bloom in spring should be carefully planted in autumn, while the ones that bloom in summer as well as autumn should be gently planted in spring.

After you have resolved the kind of bulbs you wish to grow, the time has now come to set off to the gardening outlet to pick up the bulbs. In the first instance, bulbs are also known as rhizomes, tubers, or corms, and hence if you come across these tags, you can safely take them without much ado. Always opt for the biggest and most compact bulbs that you can get hold of; gardening specialists will inform you that the larger bulbs bring forth larger blooms.

Moreover, squishy bulbs are generally not in good condition and tend to bloom feebly or will not produce any blooms at all. Positively pass up blooms that have scars or cracks, as this too, signifies sick plants, and you never should choose bulbs that already are growing roots; such bulbs, in all probability, will not blossom satisfactorily once planted in the soil.

By now, you have selected your bulbs, given them the once over, and carried them home. Then the next step is that in case you do not wish to plant them at once, ensure they are stored in a dry, cool place, not exposed to direct sunshine, until such time you are all set to plant them in the soil or grow them in containers. When you are all prepared to plant, begin to hollow out the ground to make holes, which are three times the bulbs' diameter that you are about to plant.

There are quite a few gardeners, who favor a structured appearance and hence plant the bulbs in precise rows.

In case you fall into this category, you need to acquire a bulb planter, which is a cylindrical shaped implement with a grip that helps to extract small tufts of the earth in a systematic and consistent manner.
There are other bulb gardening enthusiasts, who fancy the unaffected, natural appearance and will in fact, put in a couple or more bulbs into a single hole, trying to create a 'clumped' look.

Whatever the impression you wish to create, prior to putting the bulbs in the holes, you should ensure that a little quantity of fertilizer is placed in the holes and a light layer of soil is showered over it. Then put the bulb inside the hole over the soil layer (it should not have any contact with the fertilizer as it may spoil) with the end up and the flat side against the soil.

Pack the holes with soil, tapping it downward firmly; there should not be any air pockets and the bulbs need to be held in position by the soil. The planting conditions with regard to bulbs should be the very best since bulbs are lasting add-ons for your garden.

Finally, you can revel in the visual work of art that you have fashioned! However, preserving this stunning visual requires some effort. One common method of ensuring your bulbs are healthy and are blooming is to de-head them. This process entails taking out wilted flowers to encourage plants to bring forth more flowers. Always, commit to memory, especially where bulbs are concerned, that leaves should never be taken out until they begin to become brown.

In conclusion, remember that in warmer climes, most of the bulbs can be left in the ground in winter and they will not spoil. On the other hand, in colder climes, before the winter sets in, the bulbs need to be taken out from the ground and kept in a cool and dry place.

In fact, there are a few tender bulbs, such as dahlias, that are unable to survive the winter season, even when planted in warmer climes, and therefore should be taken out. Yet again, brush up on the subject and be aware of the bulbs' requirements that you select for your garden.
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