Information About General Bulb Care

Nothing beats the festive splash of color that flowering bulbs can bring to the landscape. And it doesn’t hurt that most bulbs are easy to care for. That being said, it is always good to know that information on growing and caring for bulbs is but a click or two away. Listed here are a number of articles that provide basic information for all your bulb growing needs.

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Pretty Spring Bulbs For Pollinators

By Mary Ellen Ellis

What are the best flowering bulbs for pollinators in spring? Click here to find out.

Grow An Early Spring Flowering Bulb Lawn

By Caroline Bloomfield

Want a lawn that nourishes pollinators, never needs weeding, and grows more beautiful every year? We have the lawn for you. Click for more.

When To Dig Up Bulbs That Bloom In Summer

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Click here to learn when to dig up faded summer bulbs of some of the most common ornamentals grown.

Corms, Tubers, And Bulbs That Are Deer Resistant

By Amy Grant

We love tulips, and so do deer! If you have hungry deer and you hunger for spring blooms, this article should help.

Care for Bulbs After Blooming

By Amy Draiss

It's tempting to chop down the leaves after you bulbs have bloomed, but you have to resist this urge! Click to learn why.

Best Spring Bulbs for Sun and Shade: Bulbs That Grow in Shade and Full Sun

By Amy Grant

Bulbs are beautiful harbingers of spring. Most flower bulbs thrive in full sun, but what if you have a shaded landscape? Read on for more.

Bulb Life Cycle In Winter: What Bulbs Do For Months Under The Snow

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Dormancy in winter doesn't mean nothing is happening with bulbs. It just means you don't see any growth above the ground. Read on for more.

How To Plant Bulbs In Pots – Lasagna Style

By Laura Walters

Planting bulbs in containers is an easy way to create a gorgeous spring porch arrangement, especially when you use the lasagna method.

Summer Garden Bulbs – When To Plant Bulbs For Summer Flowers

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Much like their spring counterparts, summer blooming flower bulbs can add great depth to flower beds and borders. Click here to learn more.

Year-Round Bulbs – Planning A Bulb Garden For All Seasons

By Mary Ellen Ellis

A bulb garden for all seasons is a great way to add color to beds. Click here to learn what bulbs to choose to keep color coming each season.

Potted Bulb Gardens: Growing Flowering Bulbs Indoors

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Everybody loves bulbs that bloom outdoors, but it’s possible to enjoy the flowers indoors too. Click here for flower bulbs that grow indoors.

Growing Wildflower Bulbs – Wildflowers That Come From Bulbs

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

A wildflower patch can enhance the surrounding ecosystem. But did you know you can include wildflowers from bulbs too? Learn about them here.

Growing South African Bulbs: Learn About Bulbs From South Africa

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Gardeners can choose from a huge and diverse variety of colorful, striking South African bulb varieties. Click here to learn more.

What To Do With Offsets – Planting Small Shoots Growing From Bulbs

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Bulbs can be propagated in several ways, but one of the easiest is through division. Those little shoots coming from a bulb indicate that the bulb is reproducing underground. For more information about small shoots from bulbs, click the following article.

Hardy Spring Flowers: Cool Climate Bulbs For Spring Color

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It's probably safe to say that all gardeners are waiting on pins and needles for the first bursts of spring color. Getting a beautiful display of bulbs once temperatures warm takes a bit of planning, however. Find some great cool climate bulb choices in this article.

Interesting Bulb Designs – Creating Bed Patterns With Bulbs

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Creating bulb patterns in the garden was once the hobby of the rich, but the affordability of most bulbs today opens this classic design concept up to gardeners of any economic tier. Take a look at the following article for some quick tips on using bulb patterns in the garden.

Bulb Layering Ideas: Learn About Succession Planting With Bulbs

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you want a continuous swath of beautiful bulb color, then succession bulb planting is what you need to achieve. Succession planting with bulbs will yield a season-long display of flamboyant and bright flowers. Click this article for more information.

Bulbs And Blood Meal: Learn About Fertilizing Bulbs With Blood Meal

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Blood meal fertilizer, often used for daffodils, tulips, and other flowering bulbs, is inexpensive and easy to use, but it isn’t without its share of problems. Click this article to learn about the pros and cons of fertilizing bulbs with blood meal.

Miniature Flower Bulbs – Choosing Bulbs For Small Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Standard bulbs take up a lot of space in the garden, but with miniature flower bulbs, it’s possible to create the same impact in even the smallest space. Plant miniature bulb plants en masse for a dramatic effect. Click this article to learn more.

Flower Bulb Garden Soil – What Soil Do Bulbs Like Best

By Gardening Know How

If you’re starting with a new bulb project and you know where to plant them, it’s important to start with the basics and think about the best soil requirements for bulbs. This article will help with that. Click here for more information on the best bulb garden soil.

Bulb Planting Depth Guidelines: How Deep Should I Plant Bulbs

By Teo Spengler

If you are considering adding bulb plants to your beds this year, you’ll want to get the how-to info well in advance, including site preparation and bulb planting depth. Click here for tips on planting bulbs, including how deep to plant bulbs of different sizes.

Bulb Health Guide: How To Tell If A Bulb Is Healthy

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

While in-store and online “end of the season” sales may alleviate cost, it is important that growers know what to look for in terms of ensuring that the bulbs they purchase are healthy, hardy, and likely to grow into beautiful flowers. This article will help.

Should You Move Bulbs – When And How To Transplant Bulbs In The Garden

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Spring bulbs thrive and often reproduce when planted in ideal locations of the landscape. However, one common issue with these plants results from a lack of bloom. Luckily, moving flower bulbs may be a simple solution to this problem. This article can help.

Bulb Plants Are Not Flowering: Reasons Bulbs Won’t Bloom

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Tulips and daffodils are the first signs of spring, eagerly anticipated after a long, cold winter. It’s a tremendous disappointment when bulbs are not blooming. There are many possible reasons why your bulb plants are not flowering. Let’s do some investigating here.

Growing Stinzen Flowers: Popular Stinzen Plant Varieties

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Stinzen plants are considered vintage bulbs, dating back to the 15th century, but the word wasn't commonly used until the mid-1800s. Some information on stinzen plant varieties will help you decide which of these historical bulbs is right for you. Learn more here.

What Is A Tuber – How Tubers Differ From Bulbs And Tuberous Roots

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

In horticulture, there is certainly no shortage of confusing terms. Some words like bulb, corm, tuber and even rhizome are used interchangeably. In this article, we will shed some light on what makes a tuber, what are tuberous roots and how tubers differ from bulbs.

What Is A Corm – What Plants Have Corms

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plant storage devices like bulbs, rhizomes and corms are quite different. While corms are also storage structures, they're part of the stem and perform in very different ways. Click here for a breakdown on corm identification and what makes them different from bulbs.

What Is A Rhizome: Learn About Rhizome Plant Facts

By Liz Baessler

We often refer to the underground part of a plant as its 'roots,' but sometimes that's not technically correct. One common underground plant part, not to be mistaken for a root, is the rhizome. Learn more rhizome information and what makes a rhizome in this article.

Tips For Bulb Fly Control : Learn How to Kill Bulb Flies

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Spring and summer bulbs add unmatched color to the landscape and can be one of the most stunning displays in the garden. Bulb flies can destroy the source of those beautiful tones and forms, as they slowly eat away at the bulb. What are bulb flies? Find out here.

Flower Bulb Pests: How To Prevent Pests In Flower Bulbs

By Kristi Waterworth

Bulbs can produce rewarding and easy care plants, but you still should be on the lookout for pests. This article will cover some of the most common insects that infest flower bulbs and suggest some easy ways to prevent and eliminate those nasty buggers.

Dormant Bulb Watering – Do I Water Bulbs After Flowers Are Gone

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Once the petals have all fallen off the plants, should you water the dormant bulbs? Summer care of spring bulbs means retaining foliage for as long as possible. How much maintenance do you need to do? Find out in this article.

Flower Bulb Division: How And When To Divide Plant Bulbs

By Liz Baessler

Flowering bulbs are a fantastic asset to any garden. But sometimes even bulbs need a little help to keep the plants healthy and blooming reliably each year, especially if they become crowded. This article has additional information about how to divide flower bulbs.

What Are Bulb Mites: Treating Plants Affected By Bulb Mites

By Liz Baessler

Bulb mites are tiny little creatures that can wreak real havoc on bulbs if they're allowed to take hold. It's very important to take preventative steps against bulb mites. Learn more about plants affected by bulb mites and how to get rid of them in this article.

Bulb Seed Propagation: Can You Grow Bulbs From Seeds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you have a favorite flower bulb that is hard to find, you can actually grow more from the plant's seeds. Growing flowering bulbs from seeds takes quite a bit of time and some know-how, but it allows you to save uncommon specimens. This article will help get you started.

Keeping Forced Plants Straight: Support For Forced Flowers In Vases

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

The problem with forced bulbs is that they often get leggy and have leaves and stems flopping all over the place. Propping plants in forced jars necessitates a small stake or stick, but there are other tricks for keeping forced plants straight and sturdy. Learn more here.

Planting Bulbs In Pots – Learn How To Plant Bulbs In Containers

By Liz Baessler

Growing bulbs in pots is one of the smartest and easiest things you can do in your garden, and it has a huge payoff. Get some container bulb planting tips from the information found in the article that follows and reap these benefits.

Lasagna Style Bulb Combinations: Tips For Double Decker Bulb Planting

By Liz Baessler

If you're growing bulbs in containers, consider the lasagna bulb planting technique to ensure you get the most bang for your container buck and constant color and spring long. This article will help get you started.

Flower Bulb Catalogs – How To Find A Trustworthy Bulb Supplier

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Buying flower bulbs online offers large selection and easy acquisition but not always the best quality. Here we have assembled a list of some the most trustworthy bulb suppliers and information to help ensure you get good deals and great bulbs.

What Is A Bulb Jar: Bulb Vase Info For Forcing Flowers

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

If you're interested in forcing bulbs to bloom indoors, you've probably read about bulb-forcing jars. Unfortunately, available information doesn't always provide much detail about bulb glasses for flowers and how bulb glass vases work. Click here to learn more.

Planting Bulbs: How Long For Bulbs To Grow

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Novice gardeners may wonder how long for bulbs to grow. This depends upon their pre-chilling requirements and your zone. Find some information on planting bulbs and when they sprout in this article. Click here for more info.

Are Bulbs Edible: Information About Flower Bulbs You Can Eat

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Are bulbs edible? While there are some edible flower bulbs, it is wise to know for certain what you are ingesting and if it's safe before attempting to consume them. This article will help with some edible bulbs should you want to learn more.

Forcing Flower Bulbs In Water: How To Grow Flower Bulbs In Water

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Can flower bulbs grow in water? Growing bulbs in water is easy but you need to know a few things first. This article will help with that.

Using Alcohol For Forced Bulbs – Keeping Amaryllis, Paperwhite, and Other Bulbs Upright

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Forcing bulbs in alcohol is a trick for preventing floppy paperwhites and any other leggy stemmed bulb from falling over. What is the link between booze and bulbs? Read here to find out how a little distilled alcohol can help your long-stemmed flower bulbs.

Bulbs For Fall Growing: What Are Fall Flowering Bulbs

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Bulbs that flower in the fall adds beauty, color, and variety to the late-season garden. Take a look at some common fall flower bulbs here.

Bulb Care After Forcing: Keeping Forced Bulbs In Containers Year After Year

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Will forced bulbs rebloom in pots? For yearly blooms, the bulbs need to store extra nutrients and carbohydrates and be held at the right temperatures when not in bloom. Click here for more information on keeping forced bulbs in containers.

Bulbs That Don’t Need Chilling: Is Cold Treatment For Bulbs Necessary

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Few things give back as well as flowering bulbs. Planting time is important with bulbs because some require the chilling period of winter to force spring bloom. Here is a little primer on the many wonderful bulbs that don't need chilling.

What Bulbs Need Chilling: How To Chill Flowering Bulbs

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Forced bulbs are a common sight in late winter/early spring. But why do they have to be forced and what is chilling? If you want to know how to fool your bulbs into growing, learn about the chill period for bulbs in this article.

My Plant Bulb Is Surfacing: Reasons For Bulbs Coming Out Of Ground

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Heaving of bulbs is common and may be the result of weather conditions, soil porosity, planting depth, or just the variety of plant bulb. Learn how to stop bulbs from coming out of the ground in this article.

Flowering Bulbs In Grass: How And When To Mow Naturalized Bulbs

By Jackie Carroll

Naturalized bulbs in lawns look nice but what about mowing them? Here are some things to consider before mowing bulbs in the lawn. Click this article to get additional information.

Planting Spring Bulbs: What Are Bulbs For Spring Season

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

There is nothing more satisfying to a gardener than seeing those first early spring flower bulbs popping up from the cold ground. Take a look at some common spring flowering bulbs in this article.

Remove Bulbs From Garden: How To Kill Flower Bulbs

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Although it may seem strange, there are many reasons why some people might want to get rid of flower bulbs. This article will provide tips for those wanting to get rid of bulb plants.

What Direction For Planting Bulbs – How To Tell Which Way Is Up On A Flower Bulb

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

While it may seem simple and straightforward to some people, which way to plant bulbs can be a bit confusing to others. It's not always that easy in how to tell which way is up, so read here to learn more.

Types Of Flower Bulbs – Learn About Different Bulb Types

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Bulbs are underground storage structures. There are five different types of bulbs but only one true bulb. Read this article to learn more about the types of garden bulbs you can grow. Click here for more info.

Overwintering Container Bulbs: How To Store Flower Bulbs In Pots

By Anne Baley

How to store flower bulbs in pots you wonder. Simulating nature as much as possible is the best way to ensure their survival. Learn how to go about storing your potted bulbs in this article. Click here.

Bulbs For Shade Gardens: How To Grow Flower Bulbs In Shade

By Anne Baley

Growing bulbs in shade is easy, and the same planting rules apply for any other plant. Learn more about shade growing bulbs and common types suited to these dark spaces in this article. Click here for more info.

What Is Naturalizing: How To Naturalize Flower Bulbs In The Landscape

By Jackie Carroll

In nature, bulbs don?t grow in straight rows, neat clusters or shaped masses. Instead they grow and bloom in irregular groups scattered across the landscape. Read here for more information on naturalizing bulbs.

Squirrel Resistant Flower Bulbs: Growing Bulb Plants That Squirrels Don’t Like

By Anne Baley

Gardeners and squirrels have been facing off for a long time. If you're tired of squirrels digging up and snacking on your delicate plants, defeat them by growing bulbs they don't like. Find out what those are here.

Flowering Bulbs In Warm Regions: Bulbs That Grow Well In Hot Climates

By Anne Baley

Not every bulb thrives in the north, but you can still enjoy perennials that bloom year after year in the warmest part of the country. Read this article to learn about popular heat loving bulbs.

Propagation Scaling Of Bulbs: What Types Of Bulbs To Use For Scaling?

By Anne Baley

You can propagate flowers in many ways, including bulbs. One way to propagate bulbs is through scaling of the bulbs. Read this article to learn more about how to multiply bulbs by scaling propagation.

Longevity Of Flowering Bulbs: Are My Bulbs Still Good?

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Inside of the bulb is a virtual storehouse of nutrients ready to feed the plant under ideal conditions. So how long can you keep flower bulbs and how do you know if they're still good? Read here to learn more.

What Is Bulb Chipping – Tips On How To Chip A Flower Bulb

By Jackie Rhoades

What is bulb chipping and how does it differ from other forms of propagation? Read this article to find out more information about bulb chipping propagation. Click here for additional information.

Heirloom Flower Bulbs: What Are Heirloom Bulbs And How To Grow Them

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Antique garden plants, such as heirloom flower bulbs, have become quite popular in the home garden. So what are heirloom bulbs and how are they different than your average flower bulb? Read here to find out.

Frost Protection For Bulbs: Tips For Protecting Spring Bulbs From Frost

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Warmer than normal temps cause some bulbs to bloom early. An unexpected frost or freeze can cause more damage when bulbs are in bloom. This article has tips on how to protect bulbs from frost.

Tips On How To Protect Flower Bulbs From Rodent Damage

By Heather Rhoades

There are few things more devastating to a gardener than to find flower bulbs have disappeared from their garden, a victim of the winter appetite of rodents. Learn how to combat them and protect your bulbs here.

How To Propagate Flower Bulbs

By Sandra O'Hare

Getting more flower bulbs is easy. You go to the store and purchase some, but this can be expensive. Conveniently, however, many bulbs can make more of themselves, and this article will explain more.

Forcing Bulbs In Winter – How To Force A Bulb Inside Your Home

By Heather Rhoades

Forcing bulbs in winter is a wonderful way to bring a little spring into the house a little early. Forcing bulbs indoors is easy to do, whether you are forcing bulbs in water or in soil. Read here to learn more.

Information On Storing Bulbs In Southern Climates

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

While many flowering bulbs are stored over winter, in many southern climates, storing bulbs may not be necessary. This article will explain more about when storing bulbs in the south is needed.

Preparing Soil For Bulbs And Fertilizing Bulbs

By Heather Rhoades

Even though bulbs store food for themselves, you need to help them out at planting time by preparing the soil for bulbs. Then, you need to know when to fertilize bulbs after that. This article will help with both.

How To Plant Bulbs In The South

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Traditional spring and winter garden bulbs don't always do well in southern climates because of the lack of cold winters. Many require chilling for proper growth. Read this article to learn more.

How To Plant A Flower Bulb In Your Garden After Winter Forcing

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

While most people know how to plant a flower bulb in the garden, they may not know how to plant a winter-forced bulb or even a bulb plant gift outdoors. This article will help with that.

How To Store Bulbs That Have Sprouted

By Heather Rhoades

Maybe you got a package of spring bulbs as a gift late in the season or perhaps you just forgot to plant a bag that you bought. Now they've sprouted. Read here for tips on how you should be storing these bulbs.

Is It Too Late To Plant Bulbs: When To Plant Bulbs

By Heather Rhoades

There is no doubt that some of the best deals on spring blooming bulbs happen in late fall. Many people assume this is because it is past the time for when to plant spring bulbs. Not so. Learn more here.

Preparing Bulbs For Winter: How To Store Bulbs For Winter

By Heather Rhoades

Whether you are storing tender summer blooming bulbs or hardy spring bulbs you didn't get in the ground, knowing how to store bulbs for winter will ensure their longevity. Look at how to store bulbs in this article.

Bulbs To Grow As Indoor Houseplants

By Heather Rhoades

A lot of indoor flowering plants are grown from bulbs, stems, or tubers. Find out more about these bulbs and how to grow them inside by reading the following article. Click here for more information.

Tips For Adding Bulbs To Your Flower Garden

By Arista Hageman

Fall planted bulbs add an exciting dimension in early spring while spring-planted bulbs add brilliant color to your garden throughout the summer. Find planting info for bulbs in this article.

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