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Guide to Growing Bulbs in Your GardenBy: Julie Day
Bulbs, rhizomes, corms, and tubers (usually commonly grouped together as “bulbs”) make wonderful additions to the garden.
Bulbs are generally categorized as hardy vs. tender:
- Tender Bulbs: These bulbs generally don’t like freezing weather and are dug up and stored indoors over the winter or (if they’re hardy in your area) grown outdoors year-round.
As with other garden plants, you can push the limits of your hardiness zone by protecting your bulb beds with a thick layer of mulch. If winter hardiness is a concern, look for cultivars specifically bred to be cold tolerant. The zones below serve as a general guide, but new varieties are constantly being developed that bend the rules!
Bulb Growing Guide
Here’s a handy guide to the winter hardiness, planting season, and bloom season for some common landscape bulbs.
|Bulb Name||Grow Zone||Bulb Type||When Plant||When Bloom|
|Belladonna Lily||7||Bulb||Spring||Late Summer|
|Corn Lily (Ixia)||6||Corm||Fall||Spring|
|Dutch Iris||5||Bulb||Fall||Early Summer|
|Glory of the Snow||3||Bulb||Fall||Early Spring|
|Star of Bethlehem||4||Bulb||Fall||Spring|
|Winter Aconite||4||Tuber||Fall||Early Spring|
- Planting Bulbs (video)
- Spring Bulb Planting Depths (article)
- Hardy vs. Tender Bulbs (article)
- How to Store Tender Bulbs Over the Winter (article)
- Hardiness and Heat-Tolerance: Understanding Planting Zones (article)
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