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Planting and Care Instructions

Planting and Care Instructions

You’ve got your bulbs. Now what? Now it’s time to plant. Each item page lists the planting instructions, or you can refer to the Planting and Care Instructions that are placed in every order shipped. Whether you have misplaced yours or prefer digital, you...
New to Bulbs

New to Bulbs

Bulbs 101 – The Short Course At Colorblends, we want you to have a great spring display. But let’s face it – planting is hard work. We suggest you order in small bites to learn what it takes to get bulbs planted in the fall. If you like the result in the...
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...
Receiving Your Bulbs in the Fall

Receiving Your Bulbs in the Fall

The big day is here. Your bulbs have arrived. Now what? If the driver left the delivery in an exposed location, move the packages out of the weather—into a garage or carport, into the basement, into the house. Next, open all of the boxes or crates and remove the bags...
Choosing a Planting Site

Choosing a Planting Site

There are two key considerations when choosing a site for bulbs: Sunlight. Most bulbs need ample sunshine to bloom well the first spring after planting and to store up the energy required to flower in future springs. The bulbs listed on our Shade Tolerant Bulbs page...
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...
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...
How Many Bulbs Do I Need?

How Many Bulbs Do I Need?

To answer this question, you need to: Determine the square footage of the area you are planting. See the formulas provided below. Determine the number of bulbs to plant per square foot (the density). We provide a recommended planting density for every item on this...
Care After Bloom

Care After Bloom

Most spring-flowering bulbs require no special attention after bloom. If you find the spent flowers unsightly, you can remove them. In the case of tulips, especially perennial tulips, removing the flowers as soon as they fade may also help to encourage the bulbs to...
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...
Prechilling: For Warm Southern Climates

Prechilling: For Warm Southern Climates

What is meant by “prechilling”? Most spring-flowering bulbs, including tulips and hyacinths, need a prolonged period of cold temperatures to grow and bloom properly. In much of the United States, this cold period is provided naturally by a winter spent in the ground....
Moving and Dividing Daffodils

Moving and Dividing Daffodils

  Many daffodils have the ability to grow and flower well for several years. As time passes, though, you may decide that a planting needs to be moved to another part of the garden or landscape. Even if a daffodil doesn’t need to be moved, you may determine that...
Getting the Most from Perennial Tulips

Getting the Most from Perennial Tulips

Tulips are not good perennials. They flower lavishly the first spring after planting, but in subsequent springs, flowering is generally sparse and uneven. To ensure a great display every year, many gardeners and landscape contractors treat tulips as annuals, lifting...
Perennial Tulips

Perennial Tulips

It’s a Common Frustration: You buy tulip bulbs, plant them in the fall, and enjoy a great display in the spring. But the following spring, all you get is a smattering of flowers and maybe a bunch of leaves. “What happened? ” you ask yourself. “Aren’t tulips...