How to Take Care of Bulbs

If good quality and good sized bulbs are selected during the autumn season, this will give a guarantee of good show if the following spring. After that, maintain this quality in the planted bulbs is up to you. For god quality blossoms, bulbs are essential. Those with long standing must be regularly fed either with liquid feed or bone meal while the leaves are green and healthy.

Competition between weeds and neighboring plants should be kept at minimum to assure production of healthy and good size bulbs. The foliage should be maintained as long as possible. The function of bulb foliage is to develop the bulb for the next season. By the time the leaves die down, the next spring’s flowers should be hidden in bulbs. At this time, replanting or feeding will not have any effect. Bulb foliage is a source of irritation but it is vital for it to last for almost six weeks after flowering.

Bulbs How to Take Care of Bulbs

Some gardeners store lift and store their bulbs and replant them in autumn. This is not necessary unless the gaps are needed to be filled with hardy annuals or summer beddings. In such case, the bulbs would have to be lifted carefully and lined at another part of the garden until the foliage dies back naturally. Next is the time to lift and sort them before storing them in a cool place.

The possible bare patches made by the bulbs that dry back can be filled with some hardy annuals if the seeds are spread among the diminishing foliage. Virginian stock, godetia, clarkia, night scented stock, and cornflower all hide the foliage and their growth is not hindered by its presence. It should be remembered that these annuals take nourishment from the soil where the bulbs grow, so appropriate measures should be taken with hoof or bone meal during early spring.

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