Spring & Summer Blooming Bulb Care
“I love planting bulbs. It is making the promises of tomorrow, believing in next year and the future.”
The Difference Between Spring & Summer Blooming Bulbs
Spring Blooming Hyacinth
Spring Blooming Tulips
Spring Bulbs: Must be planted in the fall before the ground freezes.Examples of spring blooming bulbs:
- Grape Hyacinth
Tips for planting spring blooming bulbs:
- Read the package. Every type of bulb has a specific depth to which it should be planted. Use a bulb planter for digging.
- Plant bulbs with the pointed end facing up.
- Use a bulb fertilizer at the time of planting and again when new growth emerges in early spring.
- Water bulbs as needed throughout the year.
- Once the bulb is done flowering, the green leaves must remain on the plant for the next few weeks to re-energize the bulb for flowering the following spring. Once leaves turn yellow or brown, remove them.
- It’s ok to plant annuals in-between the green leaves of bulbs. Spring bulbs have the ability to come back each year.
Summer Blooming Dahlia
Elephant Ears in the Summer
Summer Bulbs:Are planted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Examples of summer blooming bulbs:
- Tuberous Begonia
- Elephant Ears
If you plan to lift and store your summer bulbs, keep these tips in mind:
- When the bulbs are ready to be lifted in the fall, cut back the stems to about 4-6 inches from the ground.
- Carefully dig up and lift the bulbs or clumps. Dust the soil off the bulb. Let them dry for a few days in a shady, frost-free area. Keep any clumps intact during storage; they can be divided before planting next season.
- Label your bulbs and pack them in a box filled with vermiculite, perlite, peat moss or another similar medium. Try not to let the bulbs touch one another.
- Store box in a place where temperatures stay between 40- and 55-degrees fahrenheit and is frost free.
- Throughout the winter, regularly check your bulbs for mildew and rotting. If any appears, scrape it out and dust the wound with sulfur.
Protecting bulbs from squirrels and other critters
Fertilization & Repellants:
- Treat spring bulbs with a fertilizer at the time of planting and again when new growth appears.
- Treat summer bulbs with a fungicide such as dusting sulfur or bulb dust to prevent rotting and storage.