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Plant Bulb Growing Guide

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Plant Bulb Growing Guide

When you plant bulbs in your landscape, you can enjoy a colorful display of blossoms and blooms every year. Bulbs grow beneath the soil to produce flowers in the spring or in the fall. In addition, bulbs will spread and multiply beneath the soil to increase the number of plants that fill a landscape area.


Although you won’t have to plant more bulbs after the initial work, the plants will require some ongoing care to ensure that they stay healthy and vibrant.


With a plant bulb growing guide, your landscaping areas will look beautiful and stay healthy for many years. Correct care will also help the bulbs to spread, creating new plants.

  1. Lay down about 3 inches of mulch over the planting area to keep the soil moist and to protect the bulbs from temperature fluctuations.

    1.Bulbs Require Correct Planting

    Although all bulbs produce beautiful flowers, it’s important to select bulbs that will grow well in your geographical location. Many bulbs have specific temperature requirements, dying if the temperature falls too low or if the temperature becomes too hot. Bulbs also have specific growing requirements such as full sun, full shade and partial shade. Finally, bulbs also have specific planting requirements, needing a specific depth to ensure that they grow correctly.


    If you fail to follow the growing and planting instructions for bulbs, the plants may not grow properly.

  2. 2.How to Plant Bulbs

    Prepare the soil in the flowerbed prior to planting bulbs to ensure that the soil will support the plants and provide nutrients. Soil rich in phosphorus will ensure that bulbs develop correctly. Mix phosphorus into the soil prior to planting.


    Dig holes for the bulbs, following specific instructions for the depth and spacing of the bulbs. Many bulbs have a pointed end that needs to face up when you place the bulbs beneath the soil. If you accidentally place this pointed end facing downward, the plant will probably not grow.


    After covering the bulbs with soil, provide a generous amount of water to enable the bulbs to settle and begin growing. As soon as you see growth appear from the bulbs, begin watering the soil in the planting area to ensure that the plants receive adequate water.


    Lay down about 3 inches of mulch over the planting area to keep the soil moist and to protect the bulbs from temperature fluctuations.

  4. 3.How to Prevent Problems with Bulbs

    Some animals will disturb bulbs in a flower garden, digging them up to eat them. If you have this issue, cover the soil with a layer of chicken wire and secure the chicken wire tightly at the perimeter of the flower garden.


    If flowers and plants grow very tall, it might be necessary to stake the plants to keep them erect.


    Some bulbs require removal in the fall before the winter to protect the bulbs from cold temperatures. If bulbs need removal, store them in a cool and dry location over the winter and then plant them again in the spring.


    The beautiful plants and flowers that grow from bulbs will delight you year after year in a flower garden.

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