Flowering bulbs can generally be classified as two types:
- Spring flowering bulbsSpring flowers bulbs, such as, tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinth must be planted in the fall. These bulbs are treated as perennials and can be left in the ground for several years if desired. Daffodils and crocus are the most reliable and will keep coming up year after year. Other Bulbs, such as, tulips may have to be replanted every other year. These are unforgiving and easy to grow plants for your flower bed. They provide early season color when other perennials and annuals have yet to flower. Plant spring flowering bulbs in mass or groups for the best display of color. Do not cut back the foliage after blooming. The leaves help the Bulbs produce starch and energy for the next season’s flowers. Old foliage can be tied up or camouflaged with other perennials that emerge and hide the foliage of the bulbs.
- Summer flowering bulbsSummer flowering bulbs must be treated as annuals since they are not hardy and must be dug up to save them for the next year. Bulbs, such as, canna, gladiolus, and begonia are summer flowering bulbs.
Sunburst Nursery’s suggestions for storing Bulbs
- After foliage yellows or is killed by frost, carefully dig up bulbs with a spreading fork.
- Discard any wounded or deceased bulbs.
- Cut off foliage close to bulb and shake off any loose soil.
- Dust with fungicide to prevent bulbs from molding.
- Store in shallow trays and cover with dry sand and peat, perlite, or vermiculite.
- Store bulbs between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit for about 6 weeks.