Spring Bulbs

Spring Bulbs


When spring bulb flowering has come to an end, it is best to leave the bulbs alone and expose the foliage to the sun. This will help the bulbs rejuvenate for the following year. Having said that, however, you should prune (deadhead) fading blooms so the plant’s energy isn’t wasted on producing seed, but rather on nurturing the bulb. There is no need to dig bulbs out once the flower production is over. In Canada, for example, bulbs will last two to three years, though they can last up to fifteen years if the soil was enriched with bone meal, peat moss and manure at time of planting.


Spring Bulbs

For neatness in the garden, you could partially cut the browning stems and leaves by about two-thirds, or tie them back with some raffia or green jute twine (to blend with the foliage). A less time-consuming approach is to interplant springflowering bulbs with perennials. As the perennials emerge, they will hide the browning bulb foliage. Interplanting is also effective for keeping four-legged creatures from exhuming bulbs. Another deterrent for the likes of squirrels, cats and dogs is to place twigs, branches or chicken wire over the site.


J.C.L.

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