Bulbs for Your Bulb Garden

In landscaping with flowers you need to remember a few things about bulb baskets and your bulbs. You should plant them where they will receive enough sun to thrive and grow well. You should also plant them in the shade as well as in the shade. If you are trying to grow bulbs in an area that gets little sun they should be planted individually in large groups of 4 or more. Bulbs need good drainage if you are planning to plant them in the landscape.

Once you have chosen where you want to plant your bulbs, it is time to prepare the soil. If you are planting your bulbs in a container, you will want to add some bone meal to the soil. This will help break up the soil so it can drain properly. It is important not to use compost when you are planting bulbs in a soil mix because the compost will burn your plants. Instead you should use a healthy natural compost made from kitchen scraps, manure, coffee grounds, leaves, and fruit and vegetables.

Mulch is another important part of planting bulbs in flowerbeds. Mulch is a great way to conserve moisture during the growing season. You can mulch your flowerbeds the entire year, or you can choose to do partial planting. Doing partial planting allows you to place the mulch beneath the bulbs during the summer and partially cover them during the winter.

There are many different zones that you can plant bulbs in. Bulbs can be grown in any zone, but they grow best in zones 8 through 12. Zones eight through twelve are warm climates. Brightly colored bulbs do well in warm climates. Bulbs that are green and have white petals are usually planted in cooler zones.

You can plant bulbs in the same or mixed order. If you plant bulbs in the same order in your flowerbeds they will grow together and bloom at the same time. However, if you plant bulbs in different orders, they will tend to bloom at different times. Bulbs are best planted in the order named above.

In colder climates, you have choices. You can prune the plants and thin out the tops. You can also freeze them to cut down on their size. In warmer climates, you don’t have as many options. However, summer bulbs do well in the winter. Cut off the summer bulbs after they bloom.

In warmer climates you have to water often. You want to keep the soil moist. This allows the bulbs to thrive. If you water too often, the roots of the bulbs can rot, which can cause your flowers to wilt.

When you are planting bulbs in your flowerbeds, it is important to choose healthy plants. Healthy plants won’t need so much water. Healthy bulbs will stay small and avoid problems associated with too much water. If you are planting bulbs in a soil that contains a lot of nutrients, it is especially important to water your bulbs.

One of the most helpful hints is to plant bulbs that are similar in shape to your flowerbed. There are specific bulbs for this. Bulbs such as tulips and daisies look best when they are planted in a deeper shade of color. However, other bulb plants work well if they are planted in lighter shades of color.

Planting bulbs in a shallow layer of potting soil for a planting depth of about two to three inches deep is a good idea. Bulbs will be healthier if they are planted directly into the dirt. They will also grow faster. If you plant bulbs in the deeper layers of potting soil for a planting depth of about six to eight inches deep, they will grow slower because they can not take in as much oxygen. The deeper planting areas are where they get all the needed nutrients.

In zones 7 and 8, which are located in southern United States, planting summer bulbs in a container with some well rotted wood and planting them in a sunny spot is a good option. Be sure that when you are planting summer bulbs that they have not been exposed to sun for too long and have their protective hormones (glucosamine and choline) taken care of. In zones 4 and 6, which are located in northern United States, be sure to use fertilizer free soil and compost to plant your bulbs.

Do not plant summer bulbs in containers when the temperature rises above freezing point for at least three or four days. Once you see the blooms beginning to bloom, move the container to a colder place. When temperatures remain below freezing for at least five or six days, the bulbs will bloom and grow quite well. Once the blooms have finished blooming then move them back into their containers for proper re-potting. Continue planting bulbs this way until they have completely bloomed out.