Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's OVER, Baby...

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that not all bulbs come back every year. Some are annuals and bloom only once. I have heard that tulips in America are annuals; but where we live it gets cold for a long period so our tulips do return.Guess it depends on the type and where you live.

Most bulbs need to be dug up and parted out because they will stop blooming after a few years.Once parted out and replanted you should be good for a few more years.

Here are some reasons why bulbs do not flower (It's OVER, Baby...):

  • OVER-watering:  Most bulbs come from a hot climate and have dry summers.
  • OVER-done: Bulbs that have dried out or gone soft or moldy.
  • OVER-time: Bulbs that are planted at the wrong time, without enough cold time to develop
  • OVER-shade: Not enough sunshine 
  • OVER-crowded: Too many bulbs grow together and the blooms get smaller and smaller and eventually stop blooming
  • OVER-eaten: Munched on or dug up by animals, like moles or deer
  • UNDER-planted: Too close to the surface exposes the bulbs to frost and wind drying.
Bulbs are really easy to maintain with big rewards to follow! Just dig a hole, place bulb, cover with dirt, water and enjoy when they bloom!

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