Tulips And Daffodils – It’s time to start planning and preparing you flower beds

daffodils Spring flowering bulbs will soon be arriving at your local nursery’s.
If you plan to mail order your bulbs ‘Now’ is the time to place your order to insure your bulbs arrive before the first hard freeze of the season.

Hint Plant next summers Garlic at the same time you plant spring flowering bulbs. The same planting rules apply to Garlic as spring flowering bulbs.

Use the same basic planting and care for any Spring Flowering Bulb. Tulips,
Daffodils, Iris and Hardy Lilies and so on.

Spring bulb garden, tulips are available in a huge range of flower shapes, sizes, and colors.

From stately formal plantings to naturalized woodland areas, there’s a type of tulip for every garden setting. Tulips grow best in areas with cold winters, cool springs, and cool summers. The smaller species tulips are reliably perennial, while larger types may need to be replanted every few years.
Flower colors include apricot, pink, salmon, red, deep maroon, and white, and flowers may be double, ruffled, fringed, or lily-shaped, depending on the variety.
Height ranges from 6 inches to 2 feet. By planting varieties with different bloom times, you can have tulips blooming from early to late spring.
Some types are good for forcing into bloom indoors.

Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Tall varieties should be sheltered from strong winds.

Plant tulip bulbs in fall, six to eight weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 60 degrees F. This is usually during September and October in the north, and October and November in the south.
Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2 to 4 inch layer of compost.
Dig a hole about three times as deep as the height of the bulb. Set the bulb in the hole, pointy end up, then cover with soil and press firmly.
Space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart. Water thoroughly after planting. If hungry voles or mice are a problem, plant bulbs in buried wire cages to protect them from getting eaten.

Keep tulips watered during dry spells in the fall.
After plants are finished flowering in spring, cut back flower stalks but allow the leaves to die back naturally, hiding the unsightly foliage with annual or perennial plantings.
An annual application of compost should provide adequate nutrients. Large varieties may need replanting every few years, small types usually multiply and spread on their own.
planting tulips

1. Sept.- Oct.
Planting Time

The tulip bulbs are going to be planted. Most important: plant them twice as deep as the bulb is high. They have no roots at this stage.
2. November
Making Roots

The roots start growing out of the base. They establish themselves in the dirt and take nourishment out of the dirt, the mother bulbs get ready for winter.
3. Dec. – Jan.
Cooling Period

Now starts the rest period. In order for the bulbs to bloom in the spring, they need weeks of at least 5 c. or 40 f. Frost at this time does not harm the bulbs.
4. Feb. – March
Growing Period

The bulbs begin to change as the starch, or carbohydrates in them turns to sugar. As this occurs, the leaves and flower gradually push up-wards out of the bulb.
5. April – May
Blooming Time

The tulips are in bloom-they receive their nourishment from the roots-only the brown skin of the bulb remains as all of the energy has gone to the bloom.
6. May – June

After the blooming period, the blooms are cut and the leaves are left on the plant. The new daughter-bulbs will be using the food values of the leaves to grow.
7. July – Sept.

Up to five small bulbs can be expected to grow out of the mother bulb. They form their roots slowly, and develop their blooms and leaves within the bulb, for next year’s plant.

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3 responses to “Tulips And Daffodils – It’s time to start planning and preparing you flower beds

  1. Pingback: June 1, 2014 Only 22 Days Until The Official First Day Of Summer | Town & Country Gardening

  2. Great post. Are you saying fall is upon us?


    • Re The Belmont Rooster – With a sad smile at the passing of summer, Yes, in the blink of an eye frost will be on the pumpkin.

      happy Fall gardening


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