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How to plant bulbs + how to store them (step by step guide)
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How to Plant Bulbs and Store Them
Have you ever seen a garden where all the plants are in the same spot, and you can’t move them? That’s because they’re growing in a pot. The same is true for bulbs. When you plant bulbs, you want to place them in a location where they will receive the sun and water. Planting bulbs is one of the oldest and most popular ways to add life and color to your home.
Bulbs come in all shapes and sizes, and there are endless possibilities for adding a splash of color to your home. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to plant bulbs and how to store them so they can grow in the best way possible.
What are Bulbs?
Bulbs are flowers and vegetables that require winter storage to bloom. The bulbs most people think of are tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. All these bulbs have the same basic structure and grow from a bulbous root or bulb.
Bulbs are grown for their beautiful flowers or for the vegetable they produce once they bloom; some also provide ornamental value as well as food crops such as squashes, cucumbers, tomatoes among others.
What kinds of bulbs exist?
The most common kinds of bulbs are tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. These types of bulbs all come from the same family; they have similar growing habits, and they’re easy to care for.
They can be grown as annuals or perennials and are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Tulips typically bloom in springtime with large flowers that change color over time through various shades including red, orange-red, or salmon, yellowish-green or greenish-white to deep purple-blue at maturity depending on their environment’s light levels.
When to plant summer bulbs?
You can plant summer bulbs in a variety of places. The most popular places for planting summer bulbs are either in flower beds or borders around the home. These plants will normally bloom during the months of April through June with the most common being daffodils and tulips.
There are also other kinds of bulbs that are available at different times such as crocus, snowdrops, and hyacinths that you may choose to plant depending on where you live. Summer bulbs should be planted in full sun locations, at least 18 inches apart from each other, so that they have enough room for their root systems to grow.
When to plant spring bulbs?
Spring bulbs are available all year round and can be planted any time of the year. Spring bulbs are typically planted in fall and will bloom during the months of January through March with the most popular being hyacinths.
These kinds of bulbs can also be grown as annuals or perennials depending on whether you want to have them for a short time or for a longer period of time.
How to plant flower bulbs: step by step guide
Planting bulbs is a fun and easy process. All you need is some soil, a bulb, and a stick or some kind of support for the bulb. You can plant them in pots to start with or transplant them into your garden later on.
Choose your bulbs:
Choose the bulbs that you want to grow from your local garden center or from your own garden. Bulbs that are easy to grow are usually easier to keep alive than those that are more difficult to grow.
When you’re choosing the bulb, make sure that it has not been treated with any chemicals or any other harmful substances that can harm the plant when it blooms. It’s always best to choose bulbs that are organic or natural so as not to harm yourself or the environment.
Prepare the soil:
It’s best to choose garden soil that is rich in nutrients and that has been prepared and amended before you plant your bulbs. You can do this by adding some organic material such as compost or manure to your soil.
Always add enough organic material to enrich the soil so that it has enough nutrients to grow and bloom well. If you’re using a pot, make sure that it is filled with a good amount of potting mix or soil so that it doesn’t get too heavy for the roots of your bulbs to grow through.
Place your bulbs in a hole where they will be able to have plenty of space in which they can spread their roots without being crowded out by other plants.
How to make a bulb lasagna
Planting bulb lasagna is easy if you follow these five simple steps:
1) Choose your spring bulbs! A good rule of thumb is to choose at least one kind of bulb for every layer. You can have tulips on the bottom layer, anemone in the middle, and crocus on the top layer.
2) Prepare your container. If you’re planting your bulbs in a container, make sure that you choose one that is at least six inches deep and has drainage holes before adding the soil. If you want to add fertilizer, do so about a month before you plan on planting.
3) Place your bulbs in the hole. The top of the bulb should be level with or just beneath the soil surface, and you should always set your bulbs at an angle, not straight up and down. This will help prevent rot and other issues with overwatering.
4) Cover the bulbs with multipurpose compost or organic mulch. This will help to keep moisture in during dry months and can also help to prevent weeds from growing around your bulbs.
5) Water your bulbs. After you plant your bulbs, water each one well with a watering can or hose. It’s important to water them because they need enough water to grow.
Start Flower Bulbs in a Greenhouse
If you want to grow flowers indoors, then you might consider starting them in a greenhouse. A greenhouse provides many benefits including protection against harsh weather conditions, allowing you to grow flowers throughout the winter season, and providing you with access to sunlight even if there isn’t much sun outside.
The first thing you should know about growing flowers in a greenhouse is that you must provide adequate light. The ideal temperature for growing flowers is between 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
In order to achieve this, you may use artificial lighting such as fluorescent lights or solar lights. You can also use sunlight but you must take care to protect your plants from direct exposure to sunlight because it can damage the leaves of your plants.
How to Plant Flower Bulbs in Pots
1. Choose a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom and place it on a heat source such as the floor of a greenhouse or on top of a mat that will keep the pot off the ground and allow water to drain out of it.
2. Fill the pot with well-drained potting mix up to about an inch from the top of the pot.
3. Place your bulbs on top of this layer, spacing them out equally from each other so that they can grow at their own rate.
4. Cover your bulbs with another inch or so of potting soil, and water well. Place your pots in an area where they will get direct sunlight for at least four hours per day, but not in the full sun.
5. Water as needed to keep the soil from drying out, but do not over water.
6. Leave your bulbs in the pot for two to three weeks and then transplant them into individual pots when they are about an inch tall and have developed a few leaves.
7. Place your pots in an area where they will get sun for at least four hours per day, but not in the full sun.
8. Continue to water as needed, but do not over water until the bulbs have put on a few more leaves and there is new growth visible on them.
9. Transplant your bulbs into their final location when they have grown at least six inches tall and are well-established with new growth.
10. Continue to water as needed, but do not over water until the flowers have bloomed.
11. After your flowers have bloomed, stop watering and allow them to dry out for about a week before removing them from their pots and placing them in storage for the winter in a cool location with good air circulation.
12. Replant your bulbs in the spring once all danger of frost has passed and you can be sure that there will not be any more frosts or freezes during the growing season.
13. Water as needed to keep the soil from drying out, but do not over water until your bulbs have put on a few more leaves and there is new growth visible on them again.
Indoor Planting of Flower Bulbs
To grow beautiful flowers. There are many different types of flowers that you can grow indoors. Some of the most popular include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, begonias, snapdragons, roses, and irises.
When you start growing flowers indoors, you need to think about what kind of flower you would like to grow. For example, if you want to grow tulips, then you should buy tulip bulbs. These bulbs will help you grow tulips indoors. Tulip bulbs are available at your local grocery store or nursery.
When you’ve chosen the type of flower you’d like to grow, you need to decide whether you’d like to grow one single plant or several. If you plan on having more than one plant, then you’ll need to purchase multiple bulbs. However, if you just want to grow one plant, then you can simply buy one bulb.
Growing flowers indoors is easy. All you need to do is follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your bulbs. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully so that you understand all of the steps involved in growing your flowers.
How to dig up flower bulbs and clean them
Digging up flower bulbs is a very important step when you’re planning to grow flowers indoors. Digging up your bulbs helps you remove any dirt or debris that might otherwise cause problems during the growth process.
Before digging up your bulbs, you should make sure that they haven’t been planted too deeply. When planting bulbs, you should always place them about 1/3 of their height below the surface of the soil.
After you have dug up your bulbs, you need to wash them thoroughly. This way, you can ensure that you get rid of any dirt or debris that could potentially harm your bulbs.
How to store flower bulbs
If you live in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, then you should keep your bulbs stored in a cool and dry location.
However, if you live somewhere where temperatures remain above freezing, then you should store your bulbs in a warm room. You can store your bulbs in a closet or under a window sill.
As long as you store your bulbs properly, then you shouldn’t experience any problems. However, if you notice that your bulbs are starting to rot, then you should discard them immediately.