An annual is a plant that goes from seed to seed and then dies, completing its life cycle in one year. Annual plants can be divided into cool season and warm season plants, giving you the opportunity to have a totally different garden every year. With the range of colors, sizes and bloom types available, annual flower bulbs provide you with ample opportunities to experiment with your landscape.
Planting flower bulbs is easy. For an annual flower bulb to bloom for the whole year and reproduce seeds before dying, you will have to make certain that you follow proper instructions and procedures before planting your bulbs or seeds.
- Scrutinize the bulbs carefully and select only the healthy ones for planting.
- Every flower bulb seed has a pointy end, from where the leaves grow. When planting the seed be sure that the pointy end is on top. If you point the pointy end down in the soil, the bulb may eventually find its way up, but not before causing stress to the plant and affecting its quality.
- The bulb should be planted 2 to 3 times deeper than its size. If the bulb size is 2 inches, then dig a hole that is bulb 4 to 6 inches deep in the soil.
- Add a little bulb food to the hole, add a little dirt and then plant the bulb.
- After you cover the hole with soil, add a little mulch to prevent it from being pulled out of the ground in winter. Water the plants after planting, close any air pockets and help the plants settle.
- All bulbs have different needs. Although annual bulbs require a good amount of sun to grow, some varieties prefer the cool shades to grow better. So choose a proper location to plant them. If you have planted the bulbs in spring, be sure to water them well.
- You can even plant bulbs in the cold, provided the soil is soft enough to dig a hole. Ensure adequate soil drainage to avoid the bulbs from rotting in cool weather.
- Once the flower bulbs are planted you will only have to sufficiently water them and wait for the spring to watch the garden bloom.
You can create floret beds with distinct colors by selecting the bulbs for each bed. You can design a layout for your annual flowers. Either give it a natural look by mixing different flowers all over the garden, or arrange them in according to color or variety in rows to create a more formal garden.