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Planting Summer-Flowering Bulbs

 
 

For a touch of the tropics, try summer-blooming bulbs. They're the ones that provide spectacular colors and fabulous foliage in midsummer through early autumn.


Most are excellent for containers – and easy to grow. As a bonus, if you take the trouble to dig them up in the fall, you can plant them again next spring.


As with spring-blooming bulbs, summer bulbs demand excellent drainage. Ideal places include slopes, berms, raised beds, and any other spot where water can drain freely.


 

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Step 1

Step 1: Plant summer-blooming bulbs in early spring

Plant summer-blooming bulbs in early spring. You can plant most in containers. In fact, some, such as tuberous begonias, do better in the excellent soil and drainage provided by containers. You can plant summer-blooming bulbs just as a bulb, but can also find them as container plants.

  

Step 2

Step 2: Prepare soil for summer-blooming bulbs

Prepare soil for summer-blooming bulbs by turning it over to a depth of 18 inches. Work in plenty of compost or sphagnum peat moss to improve soil texture and drainage. If soil is compact or full of clay, work in a spadeful of sand as well.

  

Step 3

Step 3: Position the bulbs, pointed end up to the depth specified on the label

Position the bulbs, pointed end up, to the depth specified on the label or in the chart. The depths refer to the bottom of the bulb -- the BASE of the bulb should be planted at that depth. If your bulbs are in a container, knock them gently out of the pot and plant them to the same depth as they were in the container.