Bulb Gardening

Bulb gardening is easy to maintain. Learn the basic by reading this article.

One of the earliest signs that warm weather is on its way is the new growth in a spring bulb garden. Bulbs produce some of the most beautiful flowers imaginable. Their colors are often unlike the colors of any other flower, and their beauty is unmatched. Bulb gardens are easy to care for, and once bulbs are planted, they will come back year after year.

When choosing bulbs for your garden, look for bulbs that are in good condition. They should not be moldy or soft. Larger bulbs will produce larger flowers, so with this in mind, choose bulbs carefully. Many varieties are available at retail stores and garden centers. For unique, hard to find varieties check with reputable mail order companies. The bulbs they sell are usually top-quality bulbs that are guaranteed to grow.

"Gardening How-To", published by The National Home Gardening Club, says in the article "Green Thumb Basics", bulbs should be planted in a sunny location when underground soil temperatures reach approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When deciding where to plant bulbs, keep in mind that they can be incorporated amongst other flowers. Doing this will keep your flower garden blooming all season. Wildflower seeds are a wonderful way to fill in areas that were once blooming with spring-flowering bulbs. Also, be sure to plant bulbs in well-worked, loose soil. The same article says, that bulbs should be planted at a depth of three to four times the height of the bulb. As an example, a one inch bulb should be planted approximately three to four inches deep. It also recommends putting a little sand in the bottom of the hole to improve drainage. Bulb food can be used to give newly planted bulbs the extra boost they need to produce beautiful, healthy flowers.



When bulbs are finished blooming, let the green leaves and stems dry out and wither away. Pulling them out or cutting them off will take away valuable nutrients that would have gone back into the bulb for the following season. "Gardening How-To" suggests a covering of mulch when temperatures are below zero. For specific care and planting information, check the recommendations for your particular zone and the specific bulb you wish to plant.

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