Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Arlene's Tips on Growing Tulips and Fall Bulbs

Spring bulbs must be planted in the fall. In our climate, we can plant bulbs from September through December as long as the ground can still be worked. Over the years I have planted spring bulbs as late as mid December. One secret is to prepare the hole where you would like to plant the bulbs. Take in the soil you remove from the hole to use when planting. Cover the hole with a board or cardboard box and mark the spot so as when we get snow, you are still able to identify the spot. Plant your bulbs when you are able using the warm soil and water them in. Use a bulb booster or bone meal when planting. Following are some of my tips:

1. Choose healthy, unblemished bulbs that are hardy to our area, Zone 3.
2. Soak your bulbs in Plantskyd to avoid having them dug up by squirrels.
3. Also, squirrels, rabbits and deer don’t like Daffodils so they are always nice to plant in with tulips to deter the critters.
4. Break up the soil before planting. This is the time to amend your soil with peat moss or compost and a bit of sand.
5. Make sure you plant the bulbs with the pointed end up. If you are unsure of which is the right end, plant the bulb on its side and it will find its own way.
6. The general rule of thumb for planting is to plant the bulb two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. In our zone you can add a few more centimeters in depth. Read the packaging for information on how far apart to plant that type of bulb.
7. Bulbs like it dry so avoid planting them in wet spots. Add sand to the bottom of the hole for good drainage.
8. When planting, group bulbs of the same colour and type together for a “Wow”! You might try planting some taller tulips near the back with some daffodils; some grape hyacinths in front bounded by a bed of crocus Let your imagination go wild! Make sure you plant some in a spot that you can enjoy looking out a kitchen or living room window. Avoid planting tulips in a straight line if you’re planting a border. Plant them in a triangle all the way along and they will look much fuller when they bloom. Try planting some bulbs you’ve never planted before, or try planting some in the lawn or around trees or shrubs. Snowdrops, Crocus and Grape Hyacinths are great bulbs to plant in the lawn.
9. Consider the bloom time and you will be able to create waves of colour in your garden for many months.
10. After the bulbs bloom in the spring, let the stems and leaves die back naturally and brown before you remove them. The stem and leaves replenish the bulb for next year’s bloom. To encourage more blooms for next year, apply fertilizer as the shoots emerge from the soil and again immediately after flowering.
11. Plant the bulbs behind or near perennials that will grow and hide the stem and leaves as they are browning.

Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tulips and Fall Bulbs


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What are fall bulbs?

Fall bulbs are a plant species that need to be planted in the ground in the fall. They require a cold period of a minimum of 6 weeks to form roots. They will bloom at different times in the spring depending on variety, warmth, and lighting conditions.

When should I plant fall bulbs?

Fall bulbs are best planted before the first hard frost. It must though be after the temperature stays below 18°C during the day. This is typically from late September to early November in Manitoba.

What should I look for when I am picking out fall bulbs?

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Look for bulbs that are firm. If bulbs are mushy they will rot. The bigger the bulb is that you pick, the more blooms you will get and the larger they will be. Bulbs will grow larger in the ground after blooming. Pick out a variety of early, mid, and late blooming bulbs to ensure a long show of color. Check with your garden center that the bulbs are zoned for our climate.

How do I plant?

Condition the soil by adding 3” of peat moss and 1” of manure into your bed. Work it into a depth of 12” deep. Dig hole as deep as instructed and place bulbs with the pointed side up. They can be planted in individual holes or in a large hole as a group. Refer to package for planting depth and distance. Generally you want to plant the bulb 2 to 3 times deeper than the diameter of the bulb. After bulb is covered with soil water thoroughly.

Where should I plant my fall bulbs?

Spring flowering bulbs thrive in partial to full sun. Remember to take into account that trees will not be leafed out yet when the tulips emerge. Good drainage is important, so avoid low lying soggy areas.

What kind of fertilizer should I use?

Fertilizer is not necessary, but performance will be increased if you add bonemeal or bulb booster when you plant. Use 1 tablespoon per bulb.

How do I keep squirrels from digging up my bulbs?

Soak in plantskydd before you plant the bulbs. Bloodmeal can also be sprinkled in the holes when you plant. Disguising the area after you plant with leaves or mulch can possibly fool the critters! This will also help protect the bulbs from harsh winter temperatures.

What do I do after the bulbs have finished blooming in the spring?

Let the leaves die down naturally, do not cut them off or mow over them. After the bulbs have bloomed it is important to let them rest and gather nutrients from soil so that they can bloom again next year.

If anyone has any questions about bulbs, or needs help with design choices drop by today! Our helpful staff will be happy to help you. We have a great selection of tulips and fall bulbs. I have checked each bulb to ensure that it is zoned for Winnipeg. Unfortunately alot of the bulbs sold out there are not zoned for our climate. Looking forward to your visit!
Tammy Jensen

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