Flower bulbs are a great investment because in most cases they will reward the gardener with a beautiful plant or flower in a short period of time and in most locations they will provide years of enjoyment.

In their native habitats bulbs used to grow on slopes where drainage was naturally good. Therefore the vast majority of bulbs need well-drained soil or they will rot. Drainage and moisture conditions in your garden can always be improved. If there is any doubt about the drainage, plant bulbs in raised beds or mix sharp sand or grit with the soil in the planting area. There are a few bulbs that will grow well in moist areas; our wizards will find them for you if needed.

Always cultivate garden soil before planting anything. This makes planting so much easier and helps the bulbs’ new roots to get off to a good start. Bulbs that are left in the ground for next year’s season prefer some organic material or compost mixed with the planting soil. When your bulbs have been planted, water the soil well.

The best planting distance depends on the size of the flower and on the effect that you want to achieve. For a more natural look the bulbs should be planted further apart than indicated on the product page. In containers the bulbs should be planted close together, but they should never touch.

The depth of the planting hole will depend upon the size of the bulb. As a general rule you should make the planting hole two to three times the height of the bulb. Be sure to plant the bulbs the right way: the root system down and the pointed part up.

Spring flowering bulbs are planted in fall. The bulbs are best planted as soon as possible once you get them home because they need some time to develop roots before the soil gets frosted. Spring flowering bulbs need the cold to reset their biological clock: a new season is beginning. In zones 8-10 spring flowering bulbs should be refrigerated at 40º - 45ºF.

Summer flowering bulbs are planted in mid spring. Bulbs are best planted as soon as possible once you get them home. Summer flowering bulbs will grow well in most climates (4-10). Unlike spring flowering bulbs summer flowering bulbs do not need a cold period to reset their biological clock. In fact most summer bulbs are not winter hardy!

In the fall, gardens tend to become bare and grey with winter around the corner. Fall flowering bulbs are a nice way to give your garden some colour in this period. Fall flowering bulbs are planted in the summer. Most fall flowering bulbs are winter hardy.

For more information on bulbs, give us a call at 501-407-2729 or stop by the nursery today!

   

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