Gardening Guide Summer Blooming Bulbs
Much of the glory of the summer garden comes from the spectacular flowers produce by bulbs and tubers. Cannas, dahlias, lilies, caladiums, tuberous begonias, gladioli, tuberoses and elephant ear are among the beauties that can add a lush or exotic feel to any garden. They look fabulous in containers. These bulbs come in a huge variety of sizes, textures and colors. They can be purchased at garden centers, but for maximum choice, specialty catalogs and online sites are best. They are easy and inexpensive to ship.

Consider the following if you want to grow summer bulbs:
  • Because most of these plants are tropical or Mediterranean in origin, they cannot be planted until the soil warms up to 60 degrees. For best results in colder climates, buy your bulbs about eight weeks before you plan to put them outside and pot them up in 6 inch pots. Starting them indoors will give you a head start on the season.
  • All these bulbs need well drained soil. Those that flower usually need full sun; bulbs such as caladiums, grown for their beautiful foliage, do best with some shade.
  • Many of these bulbs will not winter over in the ground in colder climates. If you want to save them for the next summer, wait until the foliage dies back in the fall. Then gently dig up the bulb and clean off the soil. Cut back some of the roots and let the bulbs dry in the sun for a day or two. Put the bulbs in a paper, not plastic, bag. Label the bag with the name of the plant and store it in a cool, dry place. Do not let the bulbs freeze. Better yet, treat these bulbs as annuals and plant new varieties and colors next year!
If you forget to start your bulbs eight weeks before planting, you can probably find some of them already going in pots at a good garden center.

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