Bulbous plants require strict adherence to the rules of cultivation, only then their flowers surprise and delight with lush forms and bright colors. The most amazing thing is that the bulbous ones are not at all afraid of the cold. In order for the flowering to be long, the planting material needs to be stratified, which is why it is best to plant tulips and daffodils in the ground in autumn.

The age of the bulbs is short, just one or two months you can admire their luxurious flowers, and then you need to dig up the mother bulbs, disassemble the baby, dry the planting material and ensure proper storage until the autumn planting in the ground.

Of course, you can not dig up crocuses and muscari for several years, but then there is a high probability that the bulbs will be crushed, deepen into the soil, and the baby will not turn into full-fledged bulbs in cramped conditions.

There is another reason why it is difficult to grow bulbs in stationary beds — after flowering , almost 3 months should pass until the bulbs gain strength and they can be dug up. All this time, a flower bed or flowerbed looks sloppy — there is no trace of its former beauty: fallen flower stalks, yellowed and drying leaves.

This bleak picture depresses flower growers, they are trying to decorate the flower bed with flyers. But this is also not an option — bulbs that are gaining strength do not need watering, moreover, excessive moisture can provoke the development of bottom rot — a dangerous disease that leads to the imminent death of the mother bulb.

At the same time, annuals growing in a flower bed require abundant watering, regular fertilizing, which is absolutely contraindicated for bulbous crops during the period of withering of the ground part.

In addition, already in July it will be necessary to dig up tulips and daffodils, which cannot be done without harming the luxuriantly blooming annuals, because marigolds and petunia, calendula, lobelia and all other annual and perennial flower crops come into bloom by mid-summer.

The flower garden in the garden usually has a limited area, which does not allow you to leave several flower beds without planting flowers, and such flower beds do not look very decorative.

How to place bulbous flowers in the garden so as not to disturb the beauty of the flower garden?

Method number 1 — potted summers

A few words about how to decorate beds with bulbs resting after flowering with containers. Beautiful arrangements of annuals can be planted in boxes, containers or floor vases, and then placed on beds with tulips or daffodils. To enhance the decorative effect, you can mulch the surface of the rabatok with colored bark. When watering flowerpots with planted annuals, the water will not flood the entire garden, so you can keep the bulbs in the ground without the risk of rot developing on them.

Method number 2 — planting bulbous flowers in containers

Planting flowering plants in pots and floor vases is not a new way — this is how patio gardens are designed. If you take this method into service, you can grow bulbous plants, achieving their flowering at the appointed time, because planting in a container is akin to forcing.

Planting tulips, crocuses or hyacinths in portable containers is very convenient, because they can be arranged into decorative compositions, and by rearranging a couple of containers, change the flower bed beyond recognition. It is easy to transfer containers with faded plants to the basement or barn, and put new pots with flowering bulbs in their place.

Florists may have some questions about planting, the answers to which are given in the table.


Is it possible to plant different bulb crops in one container?

You can make colorful decorative compositions from different types of bulbs, but do not forget that tulips or crocuses have a different stratification period, therefore, they can bloom at different times.

How to calculate flowering time?

The timing of flowering of different types of bulbs is considered to be starting from the day of planting.

Tulips and daffodils will bloom in about 3-3.5 months, hyacinths — in 3 months, small-bulbous — in 2-2.5.

How many bulbs to plant in one pot?

Flowering of the bulbs occurs due to the nutrients accumulated in it over the past year, so it is best to plant heavy, elite parsing bulbs in containers, leaving minimal distances between them. The third part of the bulbs should rise above the soil level, i.e. the bulbs are immersed in the ground «up to the shoulders».

How long does it take to stratify the bulbs?

It is most convenient to carry out the stratification of the bulbs, after planting them in containers, the approximate temperature is from + 2C to + 5C. Tulips and daffodils are kept in about 3-3.5 months, hyacinths -3 months, small-bulbous — 2-2.5.

How to water containers with planted bulbs during stratification?

As needed, without filling.

What special conditions, besides temperature, are necessary for stratification?

Lack of light. Forcing bulbous crops takes place at a low temperature in complete darkness.

When to get pots of bulbs?

In the spring, for installation in a permanent place or in the event that a peduncle with buds appears between the leaves. You don’t have to wait for the buds to color.

Helpful Hints

When choosing an assortment of flowers for planting in one container, do not neglect such information as the height of a particular plant, otherwise it may turn out that tall specimens are placed from the edges, and they cover the beauty of undersized bulbs in the center of the composition.

When thinking of a complex composition of several types of bulbs with different flowering periods, it is necessary to proceed as follows — first, the bulbs are planted in containers, which are driven out for a long time, after which the container is taken out to a cool place, providing a dark location. About a month later, the rest of the bulbs are planted in it, which guarantees the flowering of all planted plants at the same time. After that, the stratification is continued.

Creating compositions from bulbs allows you to achieve flowering plants at any time, so you can plant plants in containers after about 2 weeks. Thus, it is possible to stretch the flowering time of tulips or muscari until summer.


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