The Q&A Archives: Spring and Summer Blooming Bulbs

Question: Your best advise for what varieties of flowering bulbs in Globe, Az. The area would be full sun. Spring or Fall planting, can do either. Thank you in advance

Answer: You can plant summer blooming bulbs now. Summer-flowering bulbs include amaryllis, tuberous begonia, caladium, day lily, dahlia, gladiolus, lily, and spider lily. In the fall you can plant tulips, daffodils, jonquils, lilies and hyacinths. Good drainage is the most important single factor for successful bulb growing. Bulb beds should be dug when the soil is fairly dry. Wet soil packs tightly and retards plant growth. Spade the soil 8 to 12 inches deep. As you dig, remove large stones and building trash, but turn under all leaves, grass, stems, roots, and anything else that will decay. Add fertilizer and organic matter to the soil. Use 1 pound of 5-10-10 fertilizer for a 5 by 10 foot area, or a small handful for a cluster of bulbs. Place a 1 to 2 inch layer of organic matter over the bed. Thoroughly mix the fertilizer and organic matter with the soil. For individual planting holes, loosen the soil below the depth the bulb is to be planted. Add fertilizer and cover with a layer of soil (bulbs should not contact fertilizers directly). Set bulb upright in planting hole and cover with amended soil. Best wishes with your garden!

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