Bulb Flowers

Daffodils
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To get lush flowers grow from inconspicuous bulbs next spring, you have to put them in the ground within the next few weeks. Most spring bulbs such as tulips, crocus and daffodils are easy to maintain and remain at the same location where they spread by means of daughter bulbs creating a larger carpets of flowers each year.

A bulb is a complete plant in miniature, which lies dormant in the winter soil. Leaves, stems and flower buds are already created and ready to be stimulated to grow by mild winter temperatures .

Plant properly

Most bulbs love a sunny site and well drained soil. With very clayey soil, the addition of coarse sand is recommended so that the bulbs don't rot. Proper planting depth is important. As a rule of thumb, bulbs are planted twice as deep as they are thick. A bulb planter can be of good use. The planting distance for large bulbs should be about 3 inches (8 cm). 1 to 2 inches (2 to 5 cm) for smaller specimen. Always make sure that the nose of the bulb faces up and the root faces down.

You can plant larger amounts of bulbs more easily using a spade. Prick the spade deep into the soil and press it with the handle facing forward, to create a plant trough in which you can put more bulbs at once, depending on size. Pulling the spade out, the soil falls back into the planting hole and only needs to be pressed lightly.

Groups of flowers in the lawn

Using a spade, stab a u-shaped piece of turf and fold it upside down. The bulbs are inserted and the turf is pressed again .

Fertilize for good flourishing

After the buds break in spring, the bulbs should get mineral fertilizer with low nitrogen content. Or you use organic fertilizer such as hoof and horn or bone meal when planting.

Summer flowering bulbous and tuberous flowers are usually sensitive to frost. Therefore wait to plant them until spring. They spend the winter dry and frost free but cool.