How to take care of Bulbs

The unique thing about bulbs is that they need little but water. Bulbs have a self-contained, highly developed food-storage mechanism that has adapted itself to life underground. Other plants can live in strange habitatsĀ­ like orchids in high trees or seaweed in the oceanĀ­ but bulbs alone are able to provide nourishment for themselves in the most diverse kinds of [...]

Gardening Climate Zones

Climate zones Climate zones/hardiness zones The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) has identified various regions within North America by their 60-year average minimum winter temperatures. These regions called hardiness zones or climate zones are represented with bands across the continent. The same standards have been applied to Europe and other continents. [...]

Deer Proof Bulbs

Deer Proof Bulbs Why give up on planting bulbs just because you share your yard with hungry deer? There’s nothing as uplifting as looking at a dazzling display of flowers in spring. And even if you live in a place where browsing deer are as common as dogs and cats you can still enjoy a breathtaking display of spring bulbs [...]

Garden Designs for Bulbs

Color Choosing color schemes for bulbs is not different from choosing color schemes for your house or your clothing. The same rules apply. In fact the garden can be seen as an extension of your interior. There are cool and warm colors. All hues have different impact. The Dutch Masters knew that warm colors tend to “move” towards the viewer [...]

Bulbs in general

Bulbs are easy to grow, provided that you stick to some essentials. Probably no other plant group gives as much variety and pleasure to the gardener with so little effort. And if you don’t have a garden, bulbs do very well in pots and containers. If you know a few tricks, some can even be induced to flower indoors! Bulbs [...]

How to plant a garden bulb – Tulips, Daffodils, Lily, etc

Although bulbs, corms and tubers carry their own food supply it is only good for one year at most and if you wish to have flowers year after year it is essential that they should be well fed. This is especially true of the highly-bred hyacinths, tulips and crocuses and some of the smaller irises. Always prepare the whole of [...]

How to Select Bulbs, Corms and Tubers in a Garden Store

Is the shop temperature suitable ? If it freezes at night half-hardy bulbs may be damaged and go soft on the outside. If it is too hot, the bulbs will wither or start to grow shoots prematurely without root growth, and some fungal and bacterial diseases will attack bruised tissues. Tubers liable to wither, such as dahlias, should be prepacked [...]

Forcing Bulbs for Indoors

  Indoor Forcing Indoor forcing of spring bulbs Indoor forcing of these bulbs is not difficult and it’s fun to do. Indoor forcing means that we ‘fool’ the bulbs, or force them, to bloom when or where they would otherwise not bloom. To do this it is essential that the bulbs receive a cold period to break the dormancy. To [...]