Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time to plant fall blooming bulbs.

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 are 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.
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 Dutch Bulb Food or Steamed 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 in the hole, cover with soil, water thoroughly and label the spot.  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 fall. It's important to leave this foliage intact until it has faded. This is what replenishes the bulb so it will bloom again around September.
Crocus Sativus, the saffron crocus should also be planted in September.
Follow the same guidelines for planting Colchicum; select a sunny site, amend the soil, add some fertilizer,
place the bulbs with the flat side down,
cover and water thoroughly. These bulbs are easy to grow and will add pleasing color to your fall garden.

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