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Planting Flowers

May 9, 2013

Spring has sprung. Follow these planting tips for a beautiful garden.

Choose healthy bulbs. Avoid bulbs that are dry and withered, spongy or moldy. In general, the larger the bulb for its type, the more flowers.

Choose healthy bulbs. Avoid bulbs that are dry and withered, spongy or moldy. In general, the larger the bulb for its type, the more flowers.

The first day of spring on the calendar was March 20, but Minnesota weather delayed the appearance of sunshine and green grass. We are now able to think spring and plant flowers to complete the season transformation. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure the bulbs you plant bloom into a beautiful blossom.

  1. For A Natural Effect: Bulbs look best in clumps or drifts. To get a natural looking effect, either dig a large area and plant several bulbs at once or simply toss the bulbs into the air and dig holes and plant where ever they fall. You’ll be surprised how well this works.
  2. Mark Your Plantings: To make sure you don’t disturb your bulbs by trying to plant something in the same spot, mark where and what you have planted.
  3. Spring Care: When your bulbs have finished flowering, cut back the flower stalks to ground level. It can get ugly, but let the foliage of your flowering bulbs dieback naturally. Resist the temptation to cut it back while still green, but floppy. The bulb needs this time to photosynthesize and make food reserves to produce next year’s flowers.
  4. To Divide Bulbs: Many bulbs spread and increase, making the original planting over crowded. If your bulbs are not flowering as well as they used to, this is probably the case. If you wish to move or divide your flowering bulbs, the safest time is when they enter their dormant period. This is usually just after the foliage completely dies back. Dormancy is brief, even though nothing is happening above ground, so don’t put this task off.

A day spent in sunshine with flowers makes your home a brighter place to live. Don’t miss out on all the fun this year. Take the time to plant seeds and bulbs, even if you don’t have a green thumb. They will come with instructions, and you will see your rewards in full bloom. Even if you don’t have a large flower garden to plant, a pot with a flowering plant can warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. Happy planting, your flowers will be the envy of all your neighbors this spring and summer.

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