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As with perennials and annuals, different types of bulbs need different care;

Spring flowering bulbs should be planted in fall. The flowers appear early to late spring. After flowering, these bulbs enter a dormancy period. Common fall-planted bulbs include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, allium and Dutch iris.

After flowering, you can remove the petals or faded bloom. Leave the foliage and allow it to die back naturally. The bulb needs the foliage to help build up food storage for next years blooms.

These flowering bulbs are the surest signs that spring has arrived, with some bulbs even blooming when there's still snow on the ground. If you want to greet spring with a burst of color, you need to plan ahead because these bulbs must be planted in fall.

Summer flowering bulbs should be planted in spring. Common spring-planted bulbs include Dahlia, Lily, Gladioli, Calla Lily, Begonia, Canna, Caladium and Elephant Ears. Once planted, these bulbs grow quickly and will be at their peak from mid-summer through early fall. Plant your bulbs once the ground has thawed and the soil has begun to warm up. Wait until any danger of frost has passed.

Many Summer flowering bulbs are not cold hardy meaning they may have to be dug up and stored for the winter. These bulbs may include begonias, cannas, caladiums, and dahlias. (read the packaging for hardiness/zone hardiness) Store these bulbs in a cool and dry place such as a garage, basement or shed. Do not store in plastic because they will rot.

Summer Flowering bulbs produce some of the most dramatic garden color and texture with very little effort. Plant them among your perennials to create a fuller looking flower bed.

Detailed planting, watering and fertilizing instructions are usually on the package. If you have any further questions about planting bulbs. We at Van Bourgondien Nursery are here to help you!

Happy Gardening!


 

 



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