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How to plant for Spring Flowering

Plant Spring Flower Bulbs between mid September and December. Plant your bulbs in time and according to the weather (your local area). Flower Bulbs must have roots before the frost freezes the ground. The rooting takes up about 3 - 4 weeks depending on soil temperature. In frost prone zones give always mulch on top of the planting area after planting to help protect. For example you can use old leaves, fix the leaves with some earth on top or use peat moss.

Plant Flower bulbs (rule of Thumb) 3 x the bulb height deep use this guide line is a minimal planting depth.

In warmer areas where the temperature in winter does not go below 10 degrees Celsius store your bulbs in the fridge's vegetable compartment for up to 9 weeks.

Flower Bulbs need a cold spell in order to build the flower and activate the growing cycle. So in warmer climates (USA) you need to fool nature a bit. Applying a moist mulch on top is fine, as it will keep the planting location moist and cool.

How to plant for Summer Flowering

Summer flower bulbs are best planted between late April and end of May, when the Soil has warmed up after winter. Individual Varieties flower at different times so you can enjoy color in your garden all season long. First of all make a plan of what you would like and where, take into account the different bloom times of each variety to make sure that you will have many different flowers blooming in your garden at the same time all summer long.

Most summer bulbs like to be planted in a location where they will receive at least 4 hours of sunlight, see details on packaging for the correct information per variety. Plant them in well drained Soil, if your Soil has poor drainage you can improve drainage by mixing in some builders sand or grit, by planting the bulbs on a slope or by making a raised bed. Adding well rotted organic matter will also help improve drainage.

Plant them at three times the bulbs height deep and two or three times their width apart, cover the planting area with some compost. Plant tall bulbs at the back of the border and smaller ones at the front.

Summer bulbs are not winter hardy so they must be lifted after the first autumn/winter frosts and stored in a cool, dry, dark frost free place until the following spring.

Planters and containers

Plant Narcissi - Daffodils - Hyacinths - Tulips in planters with a minimum of 7 " wide, plant them halfway down the planter in normal potting compost mixed with 1/3 of sand for drainage, fill up with the mixture and press down firmly and water the planter. Place the planter outside in a box, lay a thick layer of old newspapers at the bottom, place the planters on top and fill the box with peat, take care that a thick layer of peat rest on top of the planters and check moisture regularly.

For indoor flowering take the planters indoor when the bud of the flower (a thick section in the new sprout is visible) and well above the neck of the bulb. Bring the planters into full daylight and force them into flowering at room temperature, spray regularly with luke warm water.

Use peat to fill the box with the planters, it' makes it so much easier to check on the growth of the bulbs.

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