TULIPIS Because of their striking appearance and brilliant color, tulips
can be among the most satisfying flowers for a gardener to
grow. Whether you plant them as garden borders or in row
after row of gorgeous hues, our Dutch-propagated bulbs produce flowers that draw smiles from all who encounter them.
Their dramatic green foliage sets off these colorful flowers
perfectly. To landscape tulips that perform to their potential, it’s
critical to plant them properly
Tulip bulbs should be planted in fall before the ground freezes.
By planting varieties with different bloom times, you can have
tulips blooming from early to late spring. While it is not necessary for hardy perennial varieties, you may choose to lift, or dig
up, your tulip bulbs after the foliage has ripened. If you lift,
store the bulbs in a dry place during the summer and replant
them next fall. When replanting, be sure to use fresh soil to
reduce the risk of disease. Each year before replanting, inspect your bulbs for bruises or cuts that may allow diseases to
enter and then spread to other bulbs. This is essential since an
infection of the incurable fungal disease tulip fire (also called
Botrytis blight) will require you to burn all your tulips!
Most gardeners plant their bulbs in November in full sun.
Measuring from the base of the bulb, place your tulips about 6
inches deep in well-drained, moderately loamy soil with some
humus and sand added. This will help naturalizing or perennializing, and cut down on the risk of disease and fungus. Water
after planting. This will ensure that your tulips develop a strong
root system before going into winter dormancy. After flowering,
allow bulb foliage to wither before cutting. This lets sap in the
foliage return to the bulb, where it provides added strength for
Different tulip varieties offer all sorts of options for your garden,
so you may choose the sizes, types and shades that work best
for your space. Tulips prefer a site with full or afternoon sun. In
Zones 7 and 8, choose a shady site or one with morning sun
only, as tulips don’t like a lot of heat. Ensure that your soil
drains well and is neutral to slightly acidic, fertile, and dry or
sandy. All tulips dislike areas with excessive moisture. You’ll
want to space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart, so choose a large
enough planting site. When growing your tulips in containers,
avoid placing them in direct sunshine. The soil needs to remain cool so the bulb doesn’t prematurely receive signals that
spring has arrived. If the sun warms the soil in the container
too early, the bulb will send up shoot and flower before an adequate root system has developed.
DAFFODILS blooms can last up to three weeks when temperatures remain between 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. However, when temperatures rise above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, blooms can only last for
a few days. Like most bulbs planted in the fall, Daffodils will bloom
from early to late spring, depending on the weather conditions. Daffodils do well within hardiness zones 3 to 9. Once blooming is over for spring, do not remove the leaves for about 6 weeks. This will allow
the bulb to absorb nutrients and grow for the following year.
Work up the soil from the hole with some peat moss, sand and about
a tablespoon of low nitrogen fertilizer. Refill the hole to just below the
planting depth with this mix. Next, add one handful of sand and then
the bulb (you do not want the bulb in direct contact with the fertilizer).
Then fill the hole the rest of the way with sand and replace some of
the sod. With a sub-layer of rich, fertilized soil to send roots into, your
daffodils will grow even stronger and bloom for years! 14-20” tall
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full
sun. Prefers organically rich soils. Tolerates some light shade. Plant
bulbs 4-6” deep and 4-6” apart in mid fall. Best planted in mass or in
clusters (e.g., 6-15 bulbs). Soils should
be kept moist (particularly if soils are
dry) immediately after planting to encourage root growth. Also keep soils
moist during the spring growing season,
but taper off moisture after bloom as
bulbs head toward dormancy. Promptly
remove spent flower spikes so plants do
not need to expend energy on seed production.
40 bulbs per box