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Bulbs for all year flowering

Bulbs for all year flowering


Bulbs, What are they? We include all sorts of things in this generic term

CORMS/ RHIZOMES/ and TUBERS.

All are root forms for food storage built up over a season when nutrients are readily available and the the food is used during the next growing season.

A BULB IS a collection of leaf bases around an embryo bud and the new leaves eg Daffodil/ onion

A CORM IS the thickened end of the old stem which will shoot up and produce leaves Crocus/Anemone

A RHIZOME IS an horizontal stem sometimes above the ground which runs along the ground, emerging some distance away from the parent plant, for example Iris

A TUBER IS a swollen root eg Dahlia

A POTATO TUBER is a swollen underground stem


BUYING BULBS

GET THE BEST YOU CAN AFFORD

It is not wise to get bulbs from friends/ rejects from the Parks.. Tulip Fire


FEEDING

Provide food each season whether for pots or in the ground

Surface dressing of a general purpose feed /FYM mulch etc

Liquid Manure or seaweed mix


WATERING

Important not to let the soil dry out


PLANTING

Plan/ where/when/what/how

Prepare the ground /pots

In the ground, dig over, remove weeds/roots etc

If ground is poor improve the structure

Drain if area is wet.

IN POTS Choose good compost

A new trend is to add mycorrhizal fungi (ROOTGROW FOR SEEDS AND BULBS)


SHOWING

READ THE SCHEDULE

PREPARE WELL

PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION OF FLOWERS

Make sure that, 2 weeks before the show that you keep the soil moist

Cut for the show in the evening or early morning when the flowers and foliage are cool

Avoid excess handling

Carry blooms facing downwards and cut more than necessary in case of accidents and to get the best on the bench. Be careful in transit!

Remove any damaged material


WHAT DO JUDGES LOOK FOR?

Daffs. Flowers carried at a near right angle to the stem except with species

Do not exhibit immature or over mature flowers

Points are given for form and poise/colour/condition and texture/stem/size (for the cultivar) and presentation.


SPRING: Daffodils early/mid and late miniature/ large cups/bicoloured

Anemone blanda/ Crocus/Tulipa kaufmanniana/ scilla/ Ipheon/ Snowdrops/ erythronium/ cyclamen/ fritillaria meleagris/ Eranthis/Muscari

SUMMER: Dierama/ Dahlia/ Eucomis/ Amaryllis belladonna/ Hymenocallis/ Crocosmia



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