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Garden tips

When to order bulbs
Unpacking your bulbs
Planting
Watering
Where to plant
Designing a planting scheme


WHEN TO ORDER BULBS
Bulbs and beyond has created an extensive selection of spring and summer flowering bulbs. In the months of March, April, May and June the spring flowering bulbs will bloom. The season begins with snowdrops and crocuses. daffodils, hyacinths and early tulips soon follow these. Then the rest of the flowers follow. All our spring flowering bulbs can be ordered in the months of June to November, and will be delivered to you from September to December, for planting. In the period from June to November, the summer bulbs will bloom. The best known among these are dahlias, gladioli and lilies. But the rest of the products, such as begonias, ranunculus and zantedeschia are also a lovely, colourful addition to your garden . All our summer flowering bulbs can be ordered in the months of November to April, and will be delivered to you from March to May, for planting.

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UNPACKING YOUR BULBS
Upon receiving your bulbs , it is very important that you immediately remove the packaging, and store them in dry, well ventilated conditions so that the bulbs can “breathe”. We recommend you, plant your bulbs as soon as possible. To enjoy your bulbs in the spring, you need to plant them in the period from late September to late November. Summer flowering bulbs can be planted in the months of March to May.

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PLANTING
Spring-flowering bulbs are at their best when the soil is moist and its temperature at planting is below 15 degrees Celsius. Planting your bulbs under these good conditions means they will grow healthy roots, which ensures good flowering. After the flowering period it is wise to remove the bulbs, as it is often the case that the next season the bulbs will come up and produce leaves but no flowers. This of course does not apply to naturalized bulbs. For these bulbs w e recommend leaving green leaves intact for around six weeks to die back naturally before removing them. If the leaves are removed immediately after the flowering period when they are still green, the bulb cannot build sufficient reserves for the next year and will be unlikely to flower.

When planting bulbs take into account both the planting depth and distance between the bulbs. For planting depth, we use the rule of thumb that the depth of the hole is 2 times the height of the bulb. There are exceptions, and these are listed in the individual product descriptions. If you live in an area with risk of severe frost, you will need to take additional measures. Firstly you can plant the bulbs a few centimeters deeper in the soil so they run less risk of freezing. In addition you could consider covering the soil where the bulbs are planted with peat or straw. W hen planting non -hardy summer flowering bulbs, remember that even in May temperatures below zero are possible. Always plant your bulbs pointing upwards so the roots run less risk of freezing. This also prevents the plant from having to make a detour to come out of the ground, which could delay blooming. Exceptions are the smaller bulbs such as anemones , where it is difficult to see which side is the top of the bulb. These can therefore be spread randomly when planting. Regarding the spacing, bigger bulbs are best planted 8-12 cm apart. For smaller bulbs 5-8 cm is appropriate, depending on the flowering effect you want to create.

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WATERING
In dry periods it may be necessary to water the bulbs. Especially in the period after planting and when they start to emerge from the ground, the bulbs benefit from a moist soil (however not too wet). It is not necessary to add fertilizer when planting as the bulbs selected by us contain sufficient reserves to produce beautiful flowers. For perennial bulbs, we recommend adding some fertilizer, after the first flowering period.

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WHERE TO PLANT
There are several places where you can plant your bulbs. The most common place is outdoors in the garden. Think about planting bulbs that come back every year (perennial bulbs) between trees or shrubs so they can remain in their spot and even multiply themselves. M any bulbs are suitable for planting in pots. When planting in pots, i t is important, to add one or more holes in the bottom of the pot to allow sufficient drainage for excess rainwater. This prevents the bulb from rotting. We also advise adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of the pot before planting to provide even better drainage.

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DESIGNING A PLANTING SCHEME
When designing a planting scheme for your garden, it is advisable to first draw a plan where you are going to plant your selected bulbs. The plan should take into account the different heights of each variety as well as the flowering period. For instance, never plant hyacinths behind tall tulips or ranunculus behind gladioli, since they flower around the same time and would be lost behind the taller flowers. There are several flowers which like lots of sun, so choos ing the right location in your garden will help ensure a full display of blooms when the bulbs flower. By planting different bulbs with different flowering times together in groups, a prolonged period of splendid colour can be created in your garden. For example, a combination of low botanical crocus and late tulips works well together. Snowdrops with early tulips or botanical daffodils with Darwin hybrid tulips and Alliums can also produce great results. Plant the bulbs in groups, but not necessarily in circles or squares to create the most natural effect. Keukenhof, the world's most famous show garden, works a lot with this concept.

For more general information and interesting tips please visit the following website: www.bloembollencentrum.nl

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