|Bulb planting charts|
|Various bulb sizes |
|Masses of bulbs planted in color blocks|
|Young green spring bulb sprouts|
|Tulip bulb seed pods|
As the flower begins to fade and the lone greenery is left, please resist the temptation to chop it all down like a crew-cut so that you can plant your summer annuals. Here is why: as the bulb moves into dormancy, the greenery slowly dies. But as it dies, critical nutrients are being pulled down into the bulb to provide it the 'umph' to grow again next spring. If there is no greenery, there are no nutrients. This move into dormancy is a good time to give your bulbs another shot of bulb food (which is what the grower did before sending it to you or the store). Bulbs need yearly feeding to stay productive and happy. General rule of thumb: when you can pull off the foliage without any resistance, it's safe to remove it.
|Mother bulbs with baby bulblets |
|Thanksgiving Point Gardens, Lehi, Utah|
As the foliage dies, an occasional watering is a good idea. This enables the bulb food that you've placed on the ground and worked into the top inch or so of soil, to be fully dissolved and absorbed into the soil.
Just one more thing, please, oh please, do not plant the bulbs upside down...the poor things already have to work so hard to grow. Remember, it's pointed end up!