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Get the Dirt on Bulbs

Popular Types of Sprouted Bulbs

  1. Tulips
  2. Daffodils
  3. Crocus
  4. Hyacinths
  5. Paperwhites
  6. Amaryllis

Bulbs Types

True Bulbs

Rounded with a flat bottom and made up of rings inside.

i.e. tulips, daffodil, hyacinth

Corms

Undifferentiated,
uniform and
contain no rings.

i.e. crocus, gladiola

Tubers

Have no tunic or
basal plate with
several growing
points.

i.e. dahlia

Rhizomes

Stem that grow
sideways rather
than up.

i.e. lily of the valley

Sprouted Bulbs

Sprouted bulbs are a bulb that has already begun to grow. Bulbs are usually planted in the fall, but sprouted bulbs can be planted in the spring.

Smallest Bulbs &
Earliest Bloomers

Crocuses.
Most only grows 4-6 inches tall!

Longest Lasting and
Hardiest Bulbs

Tulips & Daffodils.

Tallest Bulbs

Lilies. Easily reaching heights of 8 feet, with some varities reaching heights of 20 feet tall.

Most Common Bulb
Plants are Perennials

Perennials will continue to bloom for a minimum of three years without repeated planting or work, as opposed to annuals which need to be replanted every year.

Hardiness

Hardy bulbs like crocuses and tulips are left in the ground year-round, while tender bulbs like irises must be dug up in cold climates.

Caring for Sprouted Bulbs

  • Sprouted bulbs have a 1- to 2-inch tip of growth visible when they arrive. They should bloom in 2 to 4 weeks, and continue to bloom for at least three years with more.

  • Before planting, sprouted bulbs should be watered and placed in a bright location at room temperature to encourage growth.

  • Can be planted outdoors after they have bloomed as long as the soil is easily worked and the last frost has passed.

  • Will do best in soil that is well drained, particularly when planted in bright or sunny locations.

  • Smaller sprouted bulbs are usually kept in pots, such as the Paperwhite.

  • Go dormant in temperatures less than 40 degrees, and will sprout slowly around 50 degrees.

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