Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Time to plant fall blooming bulbs.

Fall blooming bulbs from The Flower Bin. One of the easiest flowering bulbs to grow, Colchicum belongs to a small group of fall blooming bulbs and is a wonderful addition to your autumn garden.
Colchicum grow from bulb-like corms that need to be planted as soon as you get them. Pick a site that receives full sun to partial shade and prep your soil with Sheep, Peat and Compost or use Top Soil and work it into your existing soil about 5" to 6". Dig a hole about three times as deep as the bulb is high.
Add some Bone Meal to the bottom of the hole and cover it slightly. You want the bulb to root into the bone meal.
Place the bulb and fill the hole with soil and water.
Label the spot so you'll remember what was planted. Colchicum bloom quickly, usually within 3-4 weeks of planting. Remove the flowers once they have faded. Come spring, the bulb will send up leaves, but won’t bloom again until the next fall. Leave the leaves intact until they have faded. This is what replenishes the bulb so it will bloom again around September.
Colchicum will also blossom on your window sill. Simply place them in a glass container and they will soon bloom. Discard the bulb after blooming.
Crocus Sativas, the saffron crocus should also be planted in September.

Autumnale 'Album' a white flowering corm.

Lilac Wonder has large violet flowers and can grow up to 8" tall.

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