Easy to grow. Easy to love.
Most bulbs are associated with the perennial family. They begin to bloom in the early spring, showing off their dazzling colours and sweet smells. They are extremely easy to take care of and need little care to thrive.
|Light||Place in a sunny area, hyacinths will flower in partial shade|
|Water||Ensure soil is well drained|
|Temperature||Prefer full sun in mild climates, light shade in hot climates|
Bulbs have a deep and extensive history. Many names of bulbs stem from Greek and Roman mythology and lore. Bulbs were widely known in Europe and have been found throughout North Africa, Greece, Turkey, and China.
After flowers on spring-flowering bulbs fade, remove them so the plants don’t invest energy in developing seeds. You want them putting their energy back into the bulb. Do not remove foliage until it turns yellow and dies back naturally. For tulips and daffodils, this may be as late as mid-July. Cut off foliage at ground level and remove it to prevent disease. Take as few leaves as possible, if cutting blooms to bring inside. The traditional English gardening practice of bunching and tying leaves, reduces their exposure to the sun during a critical time when they need maximum exposure to sun.
Most spring bulbs emerge and bloom in spring, then their foliage starts to fade and they go dormant by midsummer.
After several years, daffodils and some other species form clumps of multiple bulbs. The size of their flowers and length of their stems decreases as the bulbs become overcrowded. Wait until after the foliage dies, then dig up the bulbs, separate them, and replant them with wider spacing. You can replant them immediately after you dig them in June or July, or you can wash off excess soil, dry them, and store them in shallow boxes in a cool, dry, airy place until fall planting time. Replant only the largest bulbs in your flower beds. Plant the smaller bulbs in a nursery bed for a season or two, until they reach flowering size.
Dig up tender summer bulbs after their foliage dies or is killed by frost. Clean off excess soil and store in a cool (60 degrees F to 65 degrees F), dry place over winter. Avoid storing bulbs at temperatures below 50 degrees F, or above 70 degrees F.
Large, hybridized tulips, tend to bloom well the first year, but generally decrease in size rapidly in following years. Species tulips on the other hand, may last many years.
Strongly fragrant flowers are closely packed with tubular-bell-shaped, single, or double flowers.