Summer isn’t here yet, but now is the time to start thinking about planting summer bulbs in your garden. These summer flowering plants will add a bold colour and fabulous foliage to your garden from midsummer to early fall. They can be grown in the garden or in a container. Plus, they are easy to grow. You just have to remember to dig them up in the fall.
What are summer bulbs?
They are plants with tubers and corms that bloom in the summer, such as allium, begonias, lilies, cannas, dahlias, gladiola, gloriosa liles, and tuberose. Summer bulbs will be available to purchase early in the spring. Shop early for the best selection and for the freshest bulbs. Healthy bulbs will feel firm to the touch and show no signs of disease or damage. Larger bulbs will produce bigger blooms.
When to plant?
The best time to plant is when the soil is dry and warm enough- usually late spring or early summer. Generally speaking, when the temperatures have reached 15 degrees C (60 degrees C), it the perfect time to plant the bulbs.
How to plant summer bulbs?
Ideally, bulbs should be planted after purchase. Bulbs that have been stored over the winter months should be planted at the end of their dormant season. Check packaging for more details.
Choose a sunny spot in the garden where the plants can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Most summer bulbs need well-drained soil to prevent molding and rotting. Place the bulb in the soil with the pointy tip upright. Adding compost and manure will give the bulbs the much needed nutrients to grow and bloom and help with drainage. As a guideline, bulbs should be planted at least 3x as deep as their bulb size. Follow package instructions for specifics. Moreover, make sure bulbs are well watered during the time of planting. Mulching around the bulbs will help keep the area free of weed.
Summer bulbs are not hardy and will not survive winter. They need to be removed from the ground before the first frost or when the leaves start to yellow and fall off. Use a s spade to remove them. Store them in a paper bag in a cool, dry spot. Remove all loose soil and dead/damaged leaves.