As you prepare to plant the flower bulbs that will bloom into gorgeous blossoms in the spring, it’s time to refresh your memory on the best ways to ensure a lovely finished product. If you take the time to properly care for your flower bulbs, you will enjoy a bright pop of color once the winter chill is gone.
Know Your Bulbs
It sounds a little silly, but it’s important that you know and understand what type of bulb you are planting. Are you planting a tulip or a daffodil? The flower bulbs that you choose to plant all have their nuances, so don’t just assume that they all require the same treatment. The most common types of bulbs include tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, camassia, scila, lily, and fritillaria.
Not sure what deadheading is? It’s the term used to describe removing any flower parts after a plant is done blooming. Deadheading serves a few purposes. First, it stops the bulb from growing to seed. Second, providing that the leaves are left intact, it will allow the leaves to help store food and energy in the bulb itself for future growth.
Deadheading is a surprisingly easy process. With most daffodils, you can snap the flower head directly off of the stem or cut off the head. When you deadhead your tulips, you should always leave the large leaves at the base of the flower head so that the plant has enough food to store in the bulb. Deadheading is not necessary on smaller bulbs like scilla, crocus, snowdrops, and chionodoxa.
If you want to make flower bulbs a permanent fixture in your yard instead of something that you have to replant every year, the key is proper fertilization. 4-6 weeks before it is time for them to flower, you should take the time to properly fertilize your flower bulbs. Don’t get discouraged if the process isn’t successful, as some flower bulbs do not naturalize easily.
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