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Winter – An Important Time for a Flowerbulb

Winter – An Important Time for a Flowerbulb

Winter cold is essential to the life cycle of bulbs.   Bulbs begin to grow roots in the weeks after fall planting, prompted by the cooling soil. Then, preparation for winter begins, as some of the stored energy in the bulb changes into an “antifreeze” that protects it...
Iris Harmony: A Periodic Sprinkle

Iris Harmony: A Periodic Sprinkle

by Tovah Martin   Ever notice those blue blossoms pop from a distance? Especially in spring, when you are woefully weary of wall-to-wall white, you really pick up on blue flowers as you speed by on the street. So, when the Colorblends Spring Garden pops with Iris...
Snowdrops: Precocious Spring

Snowdrops: Precocious Spring

by Tovah Martin   You’ve been hoping for them. But still, Snowdrops always sneak up on you. Seems as though the snow has scarcely melted (and more might still come) when the Snowdrops stage their brave crusade against winter. Those first flowers send a clear...
Tommies to the Rescue

Tommies to the Rescue

by Tovah Martin For all our color-starved neighbors and friends, Tommies are the cure. They need only the slightest hope of sun, and whammo! They are popping up and performing. Some snow might greet them, but a dusting is fine. Tommies soldier on. At first, they look...
Dancing Daffodils

Dancing Daffodils

The poet William Wordsworth once wrote of daffodils “dancing in the breeze,” and Shakespeare before him described “daffodils that… take the winds of March with beauty.” Biomechanists have determined that daffodils dance by design. In a paper entitled “Reorientation of...

Customer Service FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions When should I order my bulbs? Colorblends accepts orders for bulbs from the first day of spring until our warehouse is empty—usually toward the end of December. For best selection, we suggest that you order before the middle of September,...
When to Plant

When to Plant

This map shows the ideal fall planting windows for the United States. Please note the following: Bulbs that flower in spring must be planted in fall. There is no getting around this requirement. Bulbs should be planted when the soil has cooled to about 55°F. Bulbs...
How to Plant

How to Plant

There are two principal ways of planting bulbs. Planting a bed. Excavate the area to be planted and loosen the soil in the bottom. Set the bulbs in the bed. Replace the soil (gently at first, to avoid knocking the bulbs out of position). If the soil is dry, water...

Sales Tax

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2018, Colorblends is now required to collect sales tax on shipments to the following states, unless we are presented with a resale or exempt certificate (see below). During order checkout, we will calculate your...
Water and Fertilizer

Water and Fertilizer

Bulbs need ample moisture from fall, when they make new roots, until they finish flowering in spring. If the soil is dry at planting time, water thoroughly after planting. Thereafter water only if rainfall is scarce. Stop watering after the bulbs bloom. Supplemental...
Planting Amaryllises

Planting Amaryllises

How to Pot an Amaryllis Bulb Planting an amaryllis bulb in a pot is easy. All you need is a bulb, potting mix, and a container with a drainage hole in the bottom. To protect furniture and windowsills from scratches and water stains, you will also need a saucer, and...
Recommendations for the South

Recommendations for the South

Most bulbs do well through Zone 7a in the South. In Zones 7b–10, where soil temperatures do not cool down sufficiently in winter, and spring weather is often very warm, many bulbs perform poorly unless they are prechilled—i.e., refrigerated for 6–12 weeks prior to...
Got Deer? Plant Deer-Resistant Bulbs

Got Deer? Plant Deer-Resistant Bulbs

Deer are a fact of life in many suburbs and rural areas. They sometimes even find their way into urban neighborhoods. Expending the time, money, and energy to put plants in the ground, only to step outside one morning and find that the deer have eaten them to the...
Planting Large

Planting Large

In the flowerbulb world, bigger is better. That’s because large bulbs produce more or larger flowers than small bulbs. When purchasing bulbs, always ask what size bulb you are getting.   Colorblends only delivers size 12cm circumference tulip bulbs or larger. The...
A Spring-Flowering Bulb’s Growth Cycle

A Spring-Flowering Bulb’s Growth Cycle

Spring-flowering bulbs have a growth cycle that sets them apart from most other plants. They make roots in the fall, bide their time through winter, emerge and bloom in spring, and go completely dormant in early summer. During their brief period above ground, the...
Why Tulips DISAPPEAR

Why Tulips DISAPPEAR

You have a favorite tulip. The color is superb, and the shape and proportions fit your notion of the tulip ideal. You order it every year, and every spring drivers stop in front of the house to take pictures.  And then one summer you check the Colorblends website and...
Fingerspitzengefühl

Fingerspitzengefühl

We will ship no flowerbulb before its time  Fingerspitzengefühl is a German expression that means having a feeling about how something has to be done. Dutch bulb growers use this expression to decide when flowerbulbs are ready to be harvested and shipped.  You cannot...
How to stretch your $100 to the max

How to stretch your $100 to the max

The $100 tulip value equation. Some say tulips don’t bloom long enough to justify the cost. Tulips flower an average of 17 days in spring. That’s 408 hours of bloom. Compared to other recreational activities, tulips are a great value.