Not only are they very forgiving when it comes to care and maintenance, bulbs are one of the most rewarding ways to beautify space. In this guide, we'll explore the varieties of bulbs suitable for planting in autumn and winter in India, delve into the planting process, and share design tips to help you create stunning spring displays in your home garden.
For Spring Blooms: Bulb Varieties for Indian Gardens by AllThatGrows
- Tulips: It does not get any better than Tulips, does it? The true royalty of a garden! Vibrant and iconic, tulips come in a plethora of colors, adding elegance to any garden. And we have so many varieties for you to choose from. Take a look at all the tulips bulbs you can grow in your garden.
- Daffodils: With their sunny, trumpet-shaped flowers, daffodils bring a touch of cheerfulness to spring. Daffodils are also one of the most easy to grow bulbs since they do fairly well in most climates with full sun. Shop Daffodil bulbs now!
- Hyacinth: Known for their intense fragrance, hyacinths offer a burst of color and sweet scent. The beautiful single and double flowering blooms of hyacinth make them ideal for raised garden beds, windowsills and container displays. They are also a great source of nectar for butterflies. Order hyacinth bulbs for your garden.
- Gladiolus: Tall spikes of gladioli come in various hues, making them a dynamic addition to spring gardens. The orchid-like tall flower spikes of gladiolus can reach up to 2 to 5 feet and give your garden vertical colour and spectacle. Gladiolus blooms are highly sought after in bouquets and vase displays as well. Plant gladiolus bulbs in your garden this season.
- Crocus: These delicate flowers bloom early and look perfectly natural in large displays in the garden. You can also grow them in containers for balcony displays. Crocus blooms are also loved by pollinators. Order crocus bulbs now for spring blooms.
- Asiatic Lilies: Graceful and easy to grow, Asiatic lilies showcase a range of bold colors. And with the bright large blooms of lilies, your garden will look like a floral paradise by the time these lilies bloom into incredible spring displays. Order asiatic lily bulbs now for planting.
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5 Steps to grow bulbs at home
1. Digging the Soil:
Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 12 inches. This promotes good root development and allows bulbs to establish themselves.
2. Plant the Bulbs:
Prepare a well-drained soil bed or container with compost. For bulbs like tulips and daffodils, dig a hole two to three times the bulb's height. Adjust the depth for smaller bulbs. Plant the bulbs with the pointed end facing upwards. Fill the hole back in with soil.
For common bulbs, the planting depth will be:
Crocus: 3 to 4 inches or three times their depth
Daffodils: 5 to 6 inches or three times their depth
Hyacinths: 3 to 4 inches or twice their depth
Tulips: 7 to 8 inches or three times their depth
Lilies: 5 to 6 inches or three times their depth
Gladioli: 5 to 6 inches deep
3. Adjust the Spacing:
Space bulbs according to their size, ensuring good airflow. Larger bulbs like gladioli should be planted farther apart, while smaller ones like crocus can be grouped more closely. A good rule of thumb is to space the bulbs at least twice their width.
4. Watering & Protecting:
Water gently to settle the soil if it’s dry on touch. Add a wire mesh around the planted area if planting in garden beds so that the soil is not disturbed during the growing season.
5. Add Compost Mid-Season if Needed:
Midway through the growing season, add compost around the base of the plants. This provides additional nutrients for healthy growth.
Remember, fertile soil is the key to success. Ensure your soil is rich in organic matter for optimal growth. Planting depth is crucial; bulbs should be planted at a depth equivalent to three times their height. Additionally, most spring bulbs prefer full sunlight, so choose a location that receives ample sunlight during the day.
Designing Your Spring Garden with Bulbs: 4 Quick Tips
- Color Harmony: Plan your bulb combinations to create harmonious color schemes. Pair contrasting colors like purple and yellow for a striking effect.
- Height Variation: Create visual interest by combining bulbs of different heights. Plant taller varieties like gladiolus at the back and shorter ones like daffodils towards the front.
- Sequential Blooming: Choose bulbs with varying bloom times to ensure a continuous display of flowers throughout the spring season.
- Container Magic: If space is limited, plant bulbs in containers. Arrange different bulbs in layers for a stunning, compact display.
Read more about tips on flower arrangement using the blooms grown from bulbs at home.
So this spring season, surprise everyone with the colourful display of these rare blooms we’ve curated specially for you. Happy gardening!