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Flower Bulb - Perpetual Beauty
Just pop a flower bulb into the ground, and keep it well watered, and Wow! There you have it, your bloom in beautiful splendour. Bulbs are very easy to grow. They can provide color throughout the year. They can be included in every garden design.

The ancient Greeks have referred to the hyacinth as “buried treasure”. A flower bulb is like finding buried treasure. It opens up revealing a precious flower. Once cut blooms from bulbs will last well in floral arrangements.

Flower BulbBulbs can grow both in shade or full sun. They can also be planted in lawns or grassy areas. You should use bulbs in borders during spring. Bulbs will look spectacular during spring. It is a bright and dramatic change from the drab winter. They will brighten up the whole garden and prepare us for summer.

Grouped bulbs create a great impact in flower beds. They can be used to fill empty pockets in rockeries. Bulbs may also be planted indoors or in containers. Bulb flowers can look good in window boxes and hanging baskets. Bulb gardening is versatile.

Select and Purchase Your Bulbs

There are two types of flower bulbs. The species are the plants that you can find grow in the wild. Hybrids are obtained by cross-breeding two or more of these species. There are also different varieties within the same genus. Popular hybrid plant bulbs can be cheaper than the species plants. Hybrids generally are larger and have more vividly colored blooms. Select only healthiest, quality bulbs to planting in your garden. I recommend Buying from a reputable supplier.

Some popular flower bulbs to select are:

  • Amaryllis
  • Freesias
  • Gladioli
  • Ranunculus
  • Anemones
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinths

Flower Bulb Planting and Preparation

You can plant Bulbs in many different places. Planting groups of bulbs together (en masse) will make a statement. You may also create that statement by blending different color shades together. Just remember these few guidelines when planting bulbs.

Soil Preparation

Don’t neglect Preparing the soil well. If you need help go to our soil preparation page for the needed guidance. Bulbs will grow in and adapt to most soil types. Don’t forget to nourish the soil with organic compost, and ensure that the soil has proper drainage.

Wind Protection

Protect your bulbs from strong winds

Water

Don’t forget to water the bed well. Bulbs thrive on water. Watering causes the organic compost to seep into the soil. Water the garden soil at least 1 week before planting using a fine spray.

Plant spacing and depth

Place your bulbs in the bed, spacing them out evenly. The bulb planting hole depth should generally be 1.5 times the size of the actual bulb. Plant the bulbs pointed sides facing upwards. This will apply to most bulbs. Warmer climate bulbs, such as Amaryllis or Nerine, should have they necks showing above the soil.

Caring For Flower Bulbs

Lifting bulbs

You can just leave certain types of Bulbs in the soil to flower year after year. You should eventually lift these bulbs. Once you have lifted the bulbs, divide the bulbs and replant them. Some hybrid bulbs cant be left and must be lifted after every season to prevent rot.

Nourishing

Constantly enrich and feed your soil with organic compost. You can also nourish the plants with bulb food or fertilizer. Apart from feeding, they will need very little attention from the gardener. Bulbs can be very rewarding.

Cutting the leaves down

Don’t cut the bulb down after it has just finished flowering. The plant still needs to get water and nourishment. Wait until the plant has completely withered and entered into its dormant period. The process of photosynthesis will continue for as long as the plant remains green. The plant will store the nutrients in the bulb or corm in preparation for the next season’s growth.




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