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If there is one spectacle that comforts past the harsh months of winter, it is that of the first flowers of the year. In addition to the primroses, bulb plants are the first to appear once the risk of extreme cold has passed. These bulbous plants are called snowdrops, crocuses, narcissus, muscaris or even tulips. When they wake up and come out of the ground, it's almost magic that plays out: so frail, where did they find the strength to wake up, despite the persistent bad weather, and where did they come from then that no vegetation announced them? This is the magic of bulb plants. Asleep a few centimeters underground for long months, they wake up towards spring for a few days to a few weeks of flowering, then leave behind a few stems and leaves that will end up withering, leaving nothing to guess about the spectacle that is taking place. is produced some time earlier. Their flowering is indeed as short as spectacular. However, this pleasure counted is for those who do not shy away from it. Arrived in the fall, and until December, here we are in the ideal months to plant bulbs that will bloom in spring. For bulbs that bloom in summer, planting will take place in spring. Now follow us in this step by step to install the magic in the garden too. Difficulty : easy Cost : from a few euros to a few tens of euros, depending on the number and variety of bulbs chosen Tools required: - a transplanter - sand - gravel or clay balls (optional)
Step 1 - Choose the location
If you choose to install your bulbs in a lawn, for a natural effect, we advise you to take several bulbs in your hand and toss them in the air. This is what will determine their location. This method is particularly suitable for very natural flowers such as snowdrops, crocuses or even daffodils. However, it will not be suitable in the case of double or sophisticated botanical varieties.
Step 2 - Dig
Even if it is only a matter of splitting the earth for a few centimeters, you will have to dig and as many holes as you want to install bulbs! Crocuses are small bulbs, a 5 cm hole will suffice. To do this, choose your tool: transplanter, bulb planter or, when the lawn is thick, a mop. Strip the grass, remove the roots that would compete as well as any stones. In general, remember to plant your bulbs at a depth corresponding to twice their height.
Step 3 - Drain
The great obsession with bulbs is humidity! To prevent it from stagnating and causing them to rot, the bottom of the hole should be drained. For this, a little river sand will suffice.
Step 4 - Check the condition of the bulbs
Check the condition of the bulbs you are about to plant and remove any subject that is soft, stained or showing signs of mold. It is simply a question of the success of your plantation!
Step 5 - Plant the bulbs
Place each bulb on its sand bed. The detail that does it all? Plant it head up!
Step 6 - Cover the bulbs… and you're done!
You just have to cover the bulb and close the hole. No need to pack or water, nature will do what is necessary. The bulbs will gradually settle and develop roots over the following months, eventually waking up to the premises of spring.
If you plant your bulbs in pots
The bulbs are perfectly suited for growing in pots. The important thing is that the pot is pierced and well drained so as to limit the risk of bulb rot. To do this, pour a bed of gravel or clay balls into your pot.
Cover with a mixture of compost, garden soil and sand.
Then place your bulbs head up and cover them with your two-thirds mixture.
Then place the jar in the dark - for example by covering the jar with newspaper and putting it in a cupboard - and cool. After a few months, the first shoots will have appeared. Place the pot in the light so that they green, then bring the pot indoors if you wish.
If you plant your bulbs in beds
The rendering will depend on the location you have chosen. Nothing requires you to plant the bulbs in a row, unless you grow them to pick them. Otherwise, and for a more natural and spectacular result, create small groups by placing several bulbs side by side in the same hole. Continue to create the spectacle by making several varieties of bulbs cohabit within the same massif or by installing them near other spring flowers such as pansies or forget-me-nots which will remain dainty once your bulbs are flowering. Everything is ready now. Can not wait for the spring !