Plant bulbs and tubers in your garden for a showy display of fragrant flowers. Here are a few tips for planting and caring for bulbs and tubers in your garden. These tips will help if you are a new gardener, or may offer a few new ideas for the more experienced gardener.
When to Plant Bulbs
You will need to make sure you are planting at the correct time of year. Some bulbs and tubers need to be planted in the spring while others need to be planted in the summer or even in the fall. Time of year is very important for successful growth with a great number of plants. If you are uncertain then you should have this information before you begin.
The Importance of Soil
They may not grow as well in your average soil. You may want to add a special bulb planting mix for best results. These are usually rich in calcium and special nutrients that bulbs and tubers need most. You can place this mixture in the hole before planting. Properly amended soil makes for healthy and beautiful plants.
Bulb Planting Depth
There are special tools designed for plating bulbs. Each different of bulb may require a different planting depth in your soil. Bulb planters allow you to gauge the depth at which you are planting to get exact results. They also lift out the soil allowing you to add any need nutrients before planting and replacing the soil. Check the bulb planting instructions on the package to determine the proper planting depth for each type of bulb.
Caring for Your Plants
After the actual planting the care is much like that of any other flower in your garden. You weed and prune as necessary. Add mulch if need. Make sure they have adequate water especially during the dry seasons.
Once the blooms begin to die, you will want to let the plant die back naturally. The dead blooms have nutrients the bulbs need to bloom adequately the next blooming season. This may apply to tubers as well. You should always check any special instructions for any new flower you are planting. Watering needs often vary.
What Are Tubers?
Really a tuber is much the same as a bulb. The main difference may be the shape. Tubers are enlarged roots that are used by the plant to store nutrients during periods when the plant is not actively growing.
There is little difference in the care of bulbs and tubers. The main differences may be the same as that in any other plant with moisture needs varying from species to species.
In cold climates tubers will need to be dug up at the end of the growing season. Tubers should be left to dry out for a few days, then stored in a cool dry place until the next planting season.
Plant bulbs and tubers in your garden for a season full of beautiful flowering plants.
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