How Are Plant Bulbs Made? —powered by

One of the most floriferous types of plants you can grow in  your garden is the bulb. Understanding how bulbs are made will help you use them wisely in your garden design. A bulb is a little package of energy that encapsulates a baby plant, complete with incipient leaves, stem and flower. It’s the way nature has adapted some plants to hide in an underground ball when growing conditions are no longer ideal.

Bulbs tend to be fast growing once the weather becomes inviting. Many offer a lot of blooming for the overall size of the plant, but once they flower, leaves yellow, then brown and everything dies back down into a bulb form again. Check out his video to better understand the ways bulbs are unique and can become excellent additions to a garden design.

Because they are so showy in flower, use them either en masse or as colorful accents. A whole field or river of color can be achieved by planting masses of small bulbs. This can be useful for coloring in pictures in your landscape. Scattering them under trees or at the edges of lawns will make them look like huge natural colonies in areas that are traditionally only green or brown. Know when the blooming season is for the kind of bulb you are planting. If you pop them behind other plants that will be blooming either earlier or later, the bulb-blooms can appear to add flowers to their green companions during the period that they are looking dull. Another advantage to planting them behind other plants is that the foliage in front can mask the unattractive foliage of the bulb as it dies down.

Because of how these storage plants work, it is essential that the energy of the dying leaves and stem is allowed to melt back into storage if you want to have more growth next year. Cutting off the foliage before it dies back will prevent the bulb below from regenerating and you will have no regrowth next year.