Flower beds of bulbous plants, here's how to manage them

Bulbous flower beds: tips and methods for managing a wellflowerbed of bulbs now at the end of flowering so as to immediately obtain a new vegetative cycle with new flowers.

This guide on how to plant and manage flower beds of bulbous plants can be used for all types of bulbs:

  • Spring - summer flowering bulbs
  • Autumn - winter flowering bulbs

Thebulbous spring floweringlike hyacinths, daffodils, tulips…. they must be planted in autumn, until the first late season frosts occur. Thesummer flowering bulbous plantsthey must be planted starting from the month of March. Thebulbous plants with autumn and winter floweringthey must be planted from June to late September. Thebulbousthe most popular are those with spring or summer flowering (dahlias, gladioli, lilies, hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, while less well known are the bulbs that bloom in the fall or the late varieties that also thrive in winter. For autumn and winter flowering bulbous plants, please refer to the article "Flower bulbs ", on this page we will focus on the management of flower beds.

Bulbous flower beds

Theflower beds of bulbous plantsthey can give blooms at different times of the year as long as you take care of the soil well and replace the bulbs. It is not recommended to plant spring, summer, winter or autumn flowering bulbs together and wait for mother nature to do the rest for several reasons:

  • The bulbs, if buried during the vegetative rest, could rot and not flourish again the following season.
  • The bulbs that do not bloom in the present season also occupy the ground and would give life to a sparse flowerbed with little vegetation.

For these reasons it is important to periodically remove the old bulbs (keep them) to replace them with bulbs suitable for the seasonal period. The flower beds of bulbous plants they can create colored spots of remarkable beauty. After flowering you will have to wait for the complete wilting of the leaves to give way tobulbsto accumulate (through the leaves) the precious nutrients that will be used for the next year's flowering. If at the end of the vegetative cycle it occurs to you to eliminate the leaves, know that then you will set aside some bulbs that will probably not be able to bloom again (at least not in the following season).

Flower beds of bulbous plants in the open ground

When the planter is a vase, it is easy to manage the bulbs. On the contrary, when theflower beds of bulbous plants is in the open ground, recover every single one bulb it could be difficult and the idea of ​​having flowers all year round might seem overwhelmingly daunting.

To better manage theflower beds of bulbous plants in the open groundyou can help yourself with a plastic box to bury as a container for the bulbs. When all the bulbs are completely wilted, just pull out the box to retrieve the bulbs to be preserved and planted in the following year and then, where the soil has been regenerated with the addition of fertile soil, plant the most suitable bulbs for the season.

If the plastic box (of those that are marketed with fruit!) Is too large, you can always shorten it by removing the unnecessary parts with a pair of garden shears. In this case, we recommend that you cut the central part and rejoin the two side parts with cable ties.

Depending on the size of the box, you can plant 10 to 16 bulbs. Place the bulbs on the bottom of the box (at a distance of about 10 cm from each other) and cover them with soft soil. Finally level the ground on the surface. If it comes tospring-flowering bulbous plantsat the end of winter the first leaves will sprout and in spring they will give flowers.

At the end of flowering, instead of leaving theflowerbedoccupied by bulbous plants without flowers, cut off the now withered flowers and remove the entire box containing soil and bulbous plants with leaves but without flowers. Set aside the box with the bulbous plants (perhaps in a secluded corner of the garden) and wait for the leaves to wilt naturally, in the meantime, replace the box with annual flowers such as marigold, begonias, ageratum, sage ... or withbulbous plants with autumn floweringwhich must be planted starting from June.

The picture
Above, crocuses in bloom, bulbous with autumn blooms.
In the center, errata: forgive the triple "s" in the word "to be".

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