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Spring planting season 15 January - 28 February
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The bulbous plants prefer sunny, warm places and soil with good energy and water drainage quality. Their soil must be rich in organic materials with an average fertility, calcareous or chemically neutral (the optimal soil ph is 6-7). The bulbs are grateful for a well-prepared soil by giving splendid flowers. For instance, if the soil is very loamy, then it is recommended to improve it by adding some organic matter (compost). Both spring-flowering and summer-flowering bulbs need phosphorus, which help their root formation. If the bulbs are kept more than a year in the ground it is important to be dusted with some fungicide.

Before planting we must consider the expected light quantity. Generally, the bulbous plants prefer sunspots. They blooms in springtime before the leaves unfold, so we can easily plant them around the trees. They can offer an absolutely beautiful scenery. The general rule regarding the optimum planting depth is the double-triple size of the bulb. You cannot apply it for the summer-flowering ones where the planting depth depends on the variety of bulbs. We should plant them out, in individual containers or on nets in case of larger quantities.

Planting depth for spring-flowering bulbs
Planting depth for spring-flowering bulbs
Planting depth for summer-flowering bulbs
Planting depth for summer-flowering bulbs
Írisz  rizómák ültetése Ültetés hálóra
Planting Iris Rhizome Planting on net
Ültetés  gyepbe Ültető kosár elhelyezése
Planting on lawn Planter basket placement

The advantage of planter baskets is that we can easily lift the bulbs from. The inconvenience is that the bulbs have limited place to grow. In case of larger quantities it is recommended to use nets with which we can avoid the damage (cutting) of the bulbs and they make the lifting of the bulbs easier.
After planting water the soil immediately, as it helps rooting and the bulbs planted on fall grow before the early frost. As soon as they start flowering keep them moisturised in order to obtain a better bloom.

We would like to share three proven tricks with you:

1. Hyacinth bulbs winter-flowering :
If we store the hyacinth bulbs in dry paperbags in a refridgerator for three month (around the temperature of 5 degrees), then we can force them to bring fragrant flowers to our home by January/February. After planting place the pot on a dark site and keep the soil moist. After 3-4 weeks the bud starts showing, at this time we place the pot on a sunny site and keep watering. Due to the stress caused to the bulb it should be immediately planted in the garden where it can be recovered afterwards.

2. Bulbous plants arrangement in tiers:
We can better exploit our garden and can cultivate flowering bulbs on a same area if we plant them in arrangements of tiers (above and below to each others). If we want them to bloom in different time, then we should plant distinct species together, for instance early crocus with tulip or hyacinth. If we want a mixed bloom then we should plant variant types that bring flowers at the same time. We can do it in containers or outdoor sites.

Hyacint propagation in winter Planting on different level
Hyacint propagation in winter Planting on different level

3. Spring bulbous plants on balcony:
If we want flowery tulips, daffodils, crocus or hyacinth on our balcony (or in our house), we can be easily do it by sinking the pots or containers into the garden’s ground for winter time. The bulbs will receive a temperature-water treatment and protection from frost that are all necessary to their biological balance. In springtime, when the bulb starts showing we can take the pots or containers out from the ground and place them on the balcony or in the house. Of course, we still have to water them. After the blooming period they should be planted in the garden in order to recover.

We should prepare a planting plan (see image) before cultivating, so both we can estimate the bulbs quantity we need and on the other hand, we can follow where the bulbous plants’ were potted.

planting plan

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