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Learn About Spring Bulbs

Crocus etruscus zwanenburgBulbs are easy and fun to plant! They teach us and our kids patience and great an intense anticipation for when they bloom. Florissa has a lot of information for helping you create the best garden and get inspired along the way.

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Bulb Tips for First Time Planters

  • Flower bulbs make the most striking display if you plant them in large groups. A large clump of one color attracts more attention than if you plant just a few here and there.
  • Making your own plant markers can be a beautiful way to add a personal touch to your bulb garden. Or buy ones made of wood, galvanized steel or terra cotta!
  • Mice can be difficult to ward off. Build a barrier using finely meshed netting or chicken wire laid around the border with the edges tucked into the soil.
  • A fertilizing program helps bulbs stay healthy after they bloom their first year. Add compost or manure to enrich the soil and organic supplements to nourish your bulbs.
  • If fading foliage makes you want to tear your tulips (and your hair) out, don’t! Try disguising the decaying leaves by interplanting annuals or perennials.
  • Planting bulbs where water puddles is a sure way to have a disappointing spring. Hollows, low spots, under drain spouts and other soggy locations will cause bulbs to rot.
  • Note the flowering times. Not all tulips, for instance, will bloom at the same time. A little planning will go a long way.

Don’t forget to check out the Florissa Blog for more tips, information and inspiration.