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Flower Bulbs for Spring Planting From K. van Bourgondien

K. van Bourgondien has been supplying flower bulbs to gardeners for more than 175 years. We offer high-quality, reliable bloomers at a fair price, and our selection of flower bulbs for spring planting is impressive--you won't find a selection like this at most retail stores. At you'll find dozens of varieties that are prized for their flowers and foliage. Our flower bulbs for spring planting selection includes a large class of flowering and ornamental bulbous-like plants in their dormant condition such as bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes.

Which Flower Bulbs Should I Buy?

When selecting flower bulbs for spring planting, first consider their light requirements. Some, like Dahlias, Lilies, Calla Lilies, Gladiolus, Cannas, Crocosmia and Anemones are sun lovers, while Begonias and Caladium tolerate shade. Next, consider where you'd like to grow them. Some, like Calla Lilies, Dwarf Cannas, Begonias and Caladium, are well suited for containers, while others, like Dahlias, Lilies and Gladiolus grow quite tall and do best in the garden. Finally, consider bloom time and flower or foliage color.

Grower's Guide to Flower Bulbs for Spring Planting

Many, but not all, flower bulbs for spring planting are tender, meaning they can be damaged by freezing weather. By following some basic tips, you'll be on your way to a summer color show.

When to Plant Flower Bulbs in Spring

If you are planting flower bulbs directly into the ground, then wait until the danger of spring frost has passed. Many gardeners want to get a jump-start on their flowers and will start their bulbs indoors 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost date for their area. Then, they'll transplant their spring bulbs after the danger of spring frost has passed.

Where to Plant Flower Bulbs

While many flower bulbs are planted in the garden, some, like Elephant Ears, Caladium and Begonias, are planted in containers. Whether planting in a container or the garden, make sure the plants have the amount of sunlight they need.

How to Plant Flower Bulbs in Spring

Bulbs should be planted in well-drained soil. If the bulbs and roots are constantly soggy, they'll rot. Whether planting in the garden, a raised bed or container, the bulb's planting depth should be about three times the diameter of the bulb. Fertilize with Van Bourgondien's 100% Natural Bulb Food at planting time.

How to Care for Spring Bulbs

After the flowers bloom, allow the foliage to wither or turn brown. Most bulbs for spring planting are tender, or not cold hardy, and must be dug up, or lifted, in the fall and stored in a cool space over winter.

Varieties of Flower Bulbs for Spring Planting

One of the best things about bulbs for spring planting is the variety. Some, like Elephant Ears and Caladium, are plants grown for their showy foliage. Calla Lilies, Lilies, Gladiolus, Dahlias and Anemones are favorites for cutting gardens. Caladiums and Begonias brighten up containers and window boxes. There is a flower bulb that will fit most garden styles and locations. Browse K. van Bourgondien's complete selection of flower bulbs for spring planting to find bulbs that will brighten your garden. To learn more about spring-planted flower bulb varieties, see our blog on Bulbs to Plant in Spring.

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