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An Introduction To Bulb Flower Gardening

Updated on May 11, 2013

Every gardener will have come across bulbs before. Bulbs are popular gardeners because they are easy to plant and care for and they are exceptionally hardy. Another plus is a factor of bulbs is that they can deflower year-on-year without the need for replanting.

What bulb to buy

The one thing that many new gardeners have trouble with is picking which bulbs to buy. When picking bulbs to plant in your garden it is important to choose the right kind of bulb for the season in which you want the plant to start flowering. For example, many spring flowering bulbs will need to be planted in mid October or about six weeks before the frosts start to form. Bulbs planted in spring flower in summer and autumn and even winter.


Planting Flower Bulbs

It is important to plant the bulb properly as well. They should be planted in soil that has been pre-prepared and depending on the type of bulb they should be planted at the recommended depth in the soil. Such examples include crocus bulbs which are normally planted around 4 inches down; whereas daffodil bulbs can be planted around 6 inches deep. When planting bulbs is important to take note of the instructions about soil conditions and depth at which the bulb must be planted.

How to plant a Dahlia.


How to plant bulbs: Uniform vs Free Look

The way in which bulbs are planted can also have a dramatic impact on your garden. For example, gardeners who want a uniform look can use what is called a bulb planter. These help to achieve a more planned look to the garden and can make planting bulbs in lines a lot easier. Gardeners who want a more random look to the garden can go ahead and plant bulbs as they wish and the end result can be a spectacular mix of different bulb flowers.


Helping Bulbs Grow

When planting the bulbs a small quantity of fertilizer can be used. Before placing the bulb in the home place a small amount of fertilizer at the bottom and then cover with a thin layer of soil. The bulb can then be placed in the hole and covered over in with topsoil. If using fertilizer do not place the bulb straight on top of fertilizer as this could damage the bulb. Once the bulbs have been planted the soil must be kept moist.


Caring for Bulbs

Once the bulbs have been planted and have flowered it is important to care for the bulbs. One important aspect of bulb care is Deheading. Once the bulbs have flowered deheading is encouraged so that the plant can blossom again. Do not however remove the leaves before they have turned brown.

Deheading Daffodils


Winter Care

Although bulbs are hardy and many may survive harsh winters it is always a good idea to remove particularly delicate bulbs such as Dahlias. Once removed they can then be stored in a cool and dry location ready for replanting with the soil warms in the spring months.


Bulbs are a great way to add a range of flowers and colors to the garden. They are easy to plant, care for, and they produce flowers year after year with the proper care. They are ideal for beginner gardeners and any experienced flower enthusiasts.


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