Planting and Caring for Flower Bulbs

 


Article by: Michael McGroarty

There is nothing quite as welcome as those beautiful , Growing Clematis spring flowers , Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond that seem to emerge from nowhere to welcome the arrival of spring. , Brilliant Beetroot! Bulb , Re-Potting Your Orchids type flowers , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit are really unique plants, , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond because they spend most of their days resting quietly beneath the surface of the soil. , Do Garden Statues Have a Place in a Modern Garden? Then right on schedule, up they come, full of bloom and vigor, and then almost as fast as they came, they go. Except for the green , How to Clone with Success leafy part of the plant , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest that tends to linger longer than we would like them to.

Despite their short bloom time and unattractive foliage after the blooms are gone, they are still a wonderful addition to any landscape. , Want a Garden but Not Enough Room or Soil? Then Hydroponics Gardening could be for You But how should you care for them? First let's talk about how to , Do Garden Statues Have a Place in a Modern Garden? use them in your landscape. , The Advantages of Silk Flowers Flowers , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower of all kinds are best when planted in groupings. Many people buy 25 or 50 bulbs , Wild Flowers and just go around the yard , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management planting helter skelter. That's fine if that's what you want, but when planted that way they tend to blend in with the landscape , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping and really don't show up well at all. When you plant , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower them in large groups they are a breathtaking showpiece.

In the early spring , The Advantages of Silk Flowers start thinking about where you would like to create a bed , Choose the Right Outdoor Bench that Suits Both You and Your Garden for flower , Tricky Seed Sowing Techniques bulbs. Prepare the bed , Earthworms in the Garden/Earthworm Facts by raising it with good rich topsoil, and if at all possible add some well composted cow manure. Do this in the spring , Brilliant Beetroot! while you are in the gardening , Taking Inside Comfort Outside: A Look at Outdoor Patio Heaters for the Home mood; you may not be in the fall. , 3 Easy Tips for Successful Container Gardening Over the summer , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit fill the bed , Teak Outdoor Furniture - Where Function Meets Beauty with annual flowers , Indoor Waterfalls to keep the weeds , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration down, and to pretty up your yard , Taking Inside Comfort Outside: A Look at Outdoor Patio Heaters for the Home for the summer. , Marsh Marigold Come fall , Recycling Carwash Wash Water for Landscape and Toilets all you have to do is pull out the annuals , Natural Algae Fighters That Work and plant , Brilliant Beetroot! your bulbs , Why I Decided To Plan My Next Years Garden Last Fall, And Why to the depth recommended on the package.

If you think you could have a problem with squirrels digging up the bulbs , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest and eating them, you can also wrap the bulbs , Hardy Hibiscus in steel wool, leaving just the tip , Tricky Seed Sowing Techniques of the bulb , The Advantages of Silk Flowers exposed so it can grow , The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather out of the little wire cage you've created. Or you can just plant , Taking Inside Comfort Outside: A Look at Outdoor Patio Heaters for the Home the bulbs , Hardy Hibiscus and then cover the bed , Injury to Trees and Shrubs with chicken wire or plastic , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest fencing until the bulbs , Timely Tips for Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter start to grow , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management in the spring. , A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor Decor

When the bulbs , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest come up in the spring , The Advantages of Silk Flowers and start blooming, you should clip off the blooms as they start to wither. This keeps the bulb , Indoor Waterfalls from producing seeds, , Taking Inside Comfort Outside: A Look at Outdoor Patio Heaters for the Home which requires a lot of energy, , The Advantages of Silk Flowers and you want the bulb , How to Clone with Success to use all of its available energy , Marsh Marigold to store food , Gardeners Gift Ideas in preparation for the bulb's resting period. Once the bulbs , Teak Outdoor Furniture - Where Function Meets Beauty are completely done blooming you don't want to cut off the tops until they are withered and die back. The million dollar question is how to , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping treat the tops until that happens.

Many people bend them over and slip a rubber band over them, or in the case of bulbs , Growing Clematis like Daffodils tie them with one of the long leaves. This seems to work because it is a very common practice among many experienced gardeners. However, Mike is about to rain on the parade.

I strongly disagree with this theory because back about 6th grade we learned about photosynthesis in science class. To recap what we learned, and without going into the boring details, photosynthesis is the process of the plant , Timely Tips for Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter using the sun's rays to make food , Re-Potting Your Orchids for itself. The rays from the sun , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit are absorbed by the foliage and the food , Buy Flowers Online making process begins. In the case of a flower , Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond bulb this food , The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather is transported to the bulb , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond beneath the ground and stored for later use.

So basically the leaves of the plant , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping are like little solar , Earthworms in the Garden/Earthworm Facts panels. Their job is to absorb the rays from the sun , Hardy Hibiscus to begin the process known as photosynthesis. If we fold them over and handcuff them with their hands behind their back, they are not going to be able to do their job. It's like throwing a tarpaulin over 80% of a solar , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers panel.

In order for the leaves to absorb the rays from the sun, , Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond the surface of the foliage has to be exposed to the sun. , Handcrafted Garden Bridges Builds Traditional Arched Span Bridges with Modern Flair On top of that, when you bend the foliage over, you are restricting the flow of nutrients to the bulb. , Hardy Hibiscus The veins in the leaves and the stem are a lot like our blood vessels. If you restrict them the flow stops.

You decide. I've presented my case. Bending them over seems to work, but I've spent a lot of money on my bulbs. , Natural Algae Fighters That Work I want them running at full speed. What I do is clip the blooms off once they are spent, and just leave the tops alone until they are yellow and wilted. If they are still not wilted when it's time to plant , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest my annual flowers, , Grass Clippings I just plant , Teak Outdoor Furniture - Where Function Meets Beauty the annuals , How to Clone with Success in between the bulbs. , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment As the bulbs , Marsh Marigold die back the annuals , How to Grow Strawberries tend to grow , Injury to Trees and Shrubs and conceal them. If one shows through I clip it off. It seems to work well for me.
Michael J. McGroarty is the author of this article. Visit his most interesting website, http://www.freeplants.com and sign up for his excellent gardening , Teak Outdoor Furniture - Where Function Meets Beauty newsletter.

Michael J. McGroarty has more than 30 years experience in the landscape , Choosing A Landscaping Firm gardening/nursery industry. He's spent the better part of his life on his hands and knees in the dirt working with plants , How to Grow Strawberries and his hands-on experience allows Mike to write in a manner than many gardeners find to be helpful and beneficial.

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