Colored landscape bulbs

Colored landscape bulbs are a powerful way to create pleasing looks in the garden without using pesticides. They have been around for decades and I've been using them with great success in my own gardens for more than 30 years. This year, I took it to the next level by using many unusual shades and textures. From crisp pastels to hot pink, they're adding new colors, shapes and textures to my vegetable garden and are creating an incredible surprise for my guests. You can get your start growing colorful landscape bulbs in your own backyard as a long-term addition to your garden. It's well worth the effort.

A Few Ground Rules

1. Colored landscape bulbs require considerably more light than their white, green and other colors because they are still photosynthesizing. Because they are still photosynthesizing, they require the same amount of water and fertilizer that a white, green or other color flower requires. 2. Do not expect to wait for the colored landscape bulbs to grow into full size in one season. The energy used to produce the color in these bulbs makes the size of the bulbs small and slender. Think of them as small canes with long, slender buds that produce an intense, full color. Expect the bloom to last two to three weeks. 3. These bulbs are long-lasting and come back year after year. My garden has been using these bulbs every year and I am still getting flowers now three years later. They will die back and rest for the next growing season. 4. Start planting your colored landscape bulbs early in spring when they have a chance to bloom.

Colored Landscape Bulb Products at Vermont Country Store

At Vermont Country Store, we sell a broad range of colored landscape bulbs from popular traditional favorites, to non-traditional collections from people like you! You can find them from the cool colors of Blue Dahlias, to the bright colors of Uvitec and Rock Stars, to the Tropical Plantlets, to the ever-popular snowdrops.

Many of the beautiful flowers you find in garden centers will not last the season, but colored landscape bulbs last many years. I find myself looking forward to planting my bulbs each spring and waiting to see what will bloom on the landscape in the fall.

Growing Beautiful Bulbs

There are many ways to plant and care for these bulbs, but here are the two most popular methods.

Method 1: Water

These bulbs like to grow in well-drained, fertile soil. To maintain their growth, they need a lot of water. To water, keep the area around the bulbs moist, but do not let the soil around them become too wet, which can cause disease. Water your bulbs at least once every three days to start. Don't worry if the top layer of soil is too dry and crumbly, this is normal. Allow the soil to dry between waterings to a depth of 4 inches. The top 4 inches of soil that is over-watered or too wet will cause the plants to be stressed and cause them to produce poor-quality bulbs and flowers. After the first four weeks of growth, the soil around your bulbs should be getting dry enough to plant and to plant again. The soil can be watered less frequently to around once a week, but do not let the bulbs sit in wet soil.

Method 2: Fertilizer

You can apply fertilizer in either a spot or root injection system. Spot fertilizer is applied in equal amounts to all the bulbs at once, whereas a root injection system is applied as the bulbs begin to sprout. The fertilizer can be of the liquid, granular or powdered kind. I prefer a liquid fertilizer, which is applied when the bulbs start to grow and then watered in regularly throughout the growing season.

A friend of mine tends to inject fertilizer into the soil and then she tends to fertilize regularly. She plants her bulbs early in the spring, and by late June she begins to see flowering. She has been growing these bulbs for many years and they always produce delicious flowers. We'd love to see you share your own growing tips!

Another great idea is to plant bulbs along the edges of your vegetable garden or in random pots in your backyard. This helps to add a little color to an area that might have been a little drab or plain, or create an area that is ready to host special events. Get out the scissors, pruners and cut your own crape myrtle trees to add color in the spring and fall. See more ideas for using colorful landscape bulbs on a lawn in this article on Orchard Bulbs.

Colored Landscape Bulb Tips

1. Get started early

The plants like a light, sandy soil with good drainage. If you plant your bulbs in the fall, you can get started early. As long as you have two bulbs planted and two to three feet between them, you'll have flowers by late summer. Plant the bulbs in a circle, in the middle of a square, or other forms. These forms are actually excellent for growing up straight. I don't recommend planting them at the base of a tree or growing them within a few feet of existing flowers and perennials. The plants will compete with other plants for water and nutrients. When you plant them close to other plants, you might have to thin them.

2. Keep them cool

There is a lot of variation in color temperature and brightness with colored landscape bulbs, and we recommend using cooler colored bulbs for more attractive flowers. Warm-toned bulbs will bloom when the temperature is warmer, but the colors are less intense. We also recommend sticking to mondo-duo, grandiflorum and hypo-cymos varieties. These varieties have few or no doubles and grow at the coolest possible temperature.

3. Be careful of overwatering

Remember that the bulbs have to produce as many leaves and roots as they can, and if they are watered too much, this reduces their growth and puts them in danger of being weakened and rotting out. So do not water any deeper than what is needed for good drainage.

4. Hardening off

As they begin to sprout, you can take them outside on their own roots for

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