How to have bulbous flowers all year round

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A bulbous plant is one that produces underground organs where it accumulates reserve substances.
Bulbous plants are very easy to grow, and they provide a beautiful color effect in the garden at the time they bloom.
Its cultivation is recommended for beginners, since with little effort excellent results are obtained.
They can also be grown in planters, in pots, or combined with annuals or perennials, in borders and in rockeries.
Bulbous dwarf varieties and botanical species are best suited for planting in a rockery to achieve a natural effect.

Different bulbous flowers bloom in different seasons of the year, so that from a careful selection, we can have bulbous flowers in the garden throughout the year.

How do you plant a bulb?

To plant a bulb, the flat part must be placed downwards. The type of soil that the bulbs require must be permeable and rich in humus.

Fresh manure should never be used, and the best fertilizer is bone meal.
The bulbs should be planted at a depth and distance proportional to their size. They do not require excessive watering, and it is not advisable to water them from the aerial part, because the flowering can be damaged.

Once they have blossomed and the flowers have dried, these dried flowers should be removed, although the bulb will have to remain in the ground for one more season, to store reserve substances in its underground organs for the following year.

The bulbs should be removed from the ground when the leaves and stems are completely dry, and should be stored clean and dry in a box for use the next season. Not all bulbs should be removed from the ground: only those that can suffer a frost in winter, or in the case where the ground is flooded.

Bulbs are not like seeds, which can be kept for months before sowing.
Once purchased, they should be planted as soon as possible.

Planting bulbs

How to have bulbous flowers throughout the year

Through careful selection, we can have bulbs in bloom throughout the year, as there are those that bloom in winter (Cyclamen sp., Iris sp., Anemona sp., Crocus sp., Narcissus sp.), In spring (Narcissus sp. , Muscari sp., Scilla sp., Tulipa sp. And Gladiolus sp.), In summer (Begonia sp., Freesia sp., Crocus sp., Canna sp., Gladiolus sp.) And in autumn (Cyclamen sp., Begonia sp., Colchicum sp.).

Depending on the use you want to give the flowers, they can be treated in different ways.
If we are interested in placing them in a vase to decorate the interior of the house, we will have to eliminate the lateral flower buds to get a single flower, but make it much larger.
On the contrary, if what we want is to have many flowers, but smaller, we will have to eliminate the terminal buttons and leave the sides.

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