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Caring for and planting bulbs
Many of us plant bulbs for spring, summer and even fall color. They are inexpensive, and the care for them is a fairly simple process. However, as each season’s bulbs can vary in what they need, you need to make sure to read the instructions on when, how and where to plant each bulb you buy. Instructions normally come with the package or container you buy. Here are some general tips on taking care of your bulbs no matter what season they are designed. After planting, you should make sure to water each bulb generously to help them become established in their new environment and encourage root system growth. Be mindful that if they are shallow planted bulbs, not as much water will be required as this could make them wash up or even rot if too much water is received. Foliage also needs to be maintained. You should remember to remove dried foliage from the plant to encourage new growth and overall health. However, wait until that piece has fully dried before removing it.
You should also note that some bulbs, especially summer ones, may have weaker stems and need a support system once they start blooming. Placing a ring or another structure near the plant can ensure that they grow as large as they are supposed to while also relieving the plant of any stress now that it has something to help support its growth. When you plant the bulbs, it is also a good thought to add mulch to the area. It is good before the bulb has begun to sprout and bloom. Adding mulch can help retain the moisture around the bulbs as well as keep weeds from sprouting and choking out any growth the bulb might have. It also keeps the soil at a steady climate which plants love, and this will promote better health in each bulb. If you are storing bulbs, make sure they have a cool place with good air flow. Make sure the moisture in the area as this can cause them to sprout. Happy bulb was planting!