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Bulbs
Bulbs - Flowering Seasons
Bulbs - Guide
Forcing Bulbs

They are available while in dormant state and after initial expenses and a little knowledge, these plants will last year after year by self-reproduction. Bulbs only flower a few months a year and can be planted in mixed beds, in lawns or grassy patches for brilliant colour displays. With their fascinating underground storage systems, bulbs are very adaptable and can actually be planted anywhere, needing little cultivation. A treasure to take full advantage of.

Prepare for planting…

Prepare the bed by working through the soil with a garden fork, breaking up clods of earth until the texture is fine. Work into the soil now a 15cm-layer of compost or old manure with a fork and blend well. Water the bed thoroughly and make sure the soil drains well. To boost your plants add prior to planting, both 2:3:2 and Superphosphate to prepared bed. If wet spring weather is expected, soak individual bulbs in Fongarid. Read packaging instructions for planting depths and positioning and follow with a generous layer of mulching.
When using containers for planting, make sure the potting soil is of a high quality and fresh.

Note: Bulbs survive reasonable neglect, but future flowering depends mainly on present treatment.


During dormancy…

Consult packaging information on whether lifting is necessary in your specific region. If necessary, wait for the plant’s foliage to loose colour before cutting leaves down close to the ground. Carefully lift bulbs with a fork, causing no damage. Sort through bulbs and throw out those diseased or damaged. Cut away any remaining foliage and stalks.
Soak bulbs in Fongarid for a couple of minutes and let them dry out thoroughly on a shaded wire rack. Powder individually with Bexadust and package with wood shavings or sand for instance, making sure of no contact between any bulbs. Labelling different varieties will be of great help.
Different flowering bulbs will need different conditions during dormancy. Provide dry and cool temperatures for summer-flowering plants and warmth for winter and spring flowering plants.
Summer-flowering bulbs are ideally lifted out at the end of autumn and winter- and spring-flowering bulbs at the end of spring.

Provide additional mulching for those bulbs left in the ground. These bulbs and corms should be lifted for division after the third year, when foliage has lost its colour. Shake excess soil off and gently divide bulbs, again discarding the damaged and diseased. Plant bulblets out normally. Listed below is a small selection of bulbs with specific attractions and flowering seasons:

Bulbs for…

Attracting birds

South Africa Watsonia aletroides (Rooipypie)

Sweetly scented flowers

South Africa Amaryllis belladonna (Amaryllis, Belladonna or March lily)

South Africa Freesia refracta (Common freesia)

South Africa Galtonia candicans (Berg lily, Cape or Summer hyacinth)

Hyacinthus orientalis (Hyacinth)

Hyacinthus orientalis albulus (Roman hyacinth)

Hymenocallis littoralis (Spider lily)

Lilium (Lilies)

Note: Some plants may be grown in regions with frost, but they are listed under NOT FROST RESISTANT, for they will grow better under those conditions.

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