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When buying bulbs choose firm bulbs with no black spots, damage or mold, also make sure they have no sign of growth. Do not leave them in sitting in a hot space in their bag, keep them as cool as possible. Plant them as soon as you can after buying.
To plant choose a sunny to partial shaded well drain area with average soil. Dig a wide hole, 6 to 8 inches deep, if needed add sand to improve drainage, mix in a handful or so of bone meal. Spacing bulbs 3 to 5 inches apart place bulbs in soil with pointed end upward. Cover with soil and pat down somewhat firmly and water. Mulch can be added to prevent soil from drying out to quickly. Re-water as needed.
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Early spring flowering are the first blooms to appear after winter. They include snowdrops, crocuses, scillas, and aconite. They are usually low growing blooms of 4 to 8 inches high and consist of flowers that are white, blues, or yellows.
Spring flowering are the second to appear and can include Dutch crocuses, narcissus, hyacinths and muscaris. They usually have a taller stand of 8 to 12 inches and a wider array of colors.
Summer flowering are third to appear and vary in height, they include gladiolus, lilies, sparaxis, dahlias and begonias. They can include every spectrum in the color wheel and can last to early fall.
Autumn flowering are the last to appear and consist of ground cover plants to plants that measure 5 feet high. Some included in this category are amaryllis, cyclamens, sternbergias and fall hyacinths.
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After your bulbs are done flowering you should deadhead (remove the flower heads), cut about one or two inches off the top and leave the stem and leaves so that the plant puts it energy into forming a stronger bulb and producing bulb side shoots. Please note that certain bulb plant should only be deadheaded if you wish no more plants, they are:
Winter aconites and
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