In its literal sense, a Flower Bulb is an underground storehouse and a flower factory. A flower bulb contains in itself just about everything that the plant will need to sprout

and flower at the appropriate time. Although the term actually means more than just true bulbs when we speak generically, for this purpose we mean any of the bulbs you plant underground that produce flowers for your gardening enjoyment.

The Requirements

The major requirements for growing a flowerbulb are as follows:

1. Good soil: This type of plantation needs a soil that has good drainage. More importantly this is required if they are planted in a bed. The most ideals oil would be a sandy loam soil. Please take a note to not to use soil with lots of cold clay. Also make it a point to use soil, minus the soggy spots and very rocky ground. Adding up a little manure or organic matter can always help your purpose.

2. Flower Bed: Many experienced gardeners also suggest using a flowerbed for their plantation. These flowerbeds should be dug to a depth of two feet. Thus, you can plant even the largest of the bulbs to a good depth. Here one point is wroth mentioning. You should avoid planting flower bulbs in areas where water drains or accumulates. These types of plantation are just not for water gardens. If the water holds in particular area of a flower bulb, then even a good soil will not be of much help.

3. Sunlight: Besides keeping in mind about the soil and the water requirements, you should keep in mind that these types of plantations require a proper and full sun to grow. It is not a concern for the spring flowering bulbs as these bulbs come up before trees have their leaves. However, it may be of great concern for the summer-flowering bulbs as they need full sun and may be covered by full-leafed tress. Thus, whenever you wish to plant these bulbs keep this requirement of full sun in mind and plant accordingly.

4. Area: A far as possible, you should plan these bulb flowers in neutralize areas. Just dig a hole big and deep to

plant these trees. You can also plant three or four bulbflowers together for better display when they blossom. You can add up a little fertilizer, put the bulb inside it, replace the soil removed and cap with the grass you removed while digging the hole. The hole you are digging should be three times as deep as the plantation is big. You can even dig deeper.

The Formation

In the center of the flowerbulb lies the leaves that support the bud. Sometimes this bud appears just like a flower. A white, meaty substance, called the scales surrounds the bud. This meaty substance, called the scales contains all the foods that are needed by the bud to blossom in to a flower. Attached to the scales is basal plate that also supports the floral stalk. Additionally, this plate at the bottom of the flowerbulb also holds the roots of the plant. This entire formation is enclosed and protected by a thin outer skin called the tunic. Everything is contained in the flower itself. All you need to do is just plant it at the correct season of the year, and provide with appropriate water. Everything else is taken care by the bulb itself.

The Growth

These types of plantations can do wonders to your gardens requiring only just little care and concern throughout the year. They can come into existence with snowdrops or throughout summers with the summer-blooming bulbs and autumns with fall-blooming bulbs. You can even plan these bulbs in winters, but indoors. You can find the sale of such indoor bulbs in the markets during Christmas time.

Types of Flower Bulb

Spring Bulb

The summer bulbs are the easiest to grow and the most colorful in display. It is that easy that even the most unskilled gardener can plant these bulbs while doing wonders with the gardens. As you are already aware that you can even plan these bulbs indoor, you can easily plant these bulbs in pots and containers and can put them in balcony and next to your front door. You can plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils in the fall or early winter so that they can bloom in spring. This is so because they require long periods of cool temperatures to ignite the biochemical process that causes them to flower. It is also important to get them into the grounds before the ground freezes. They need to make their roots stronger

Summer Bulbs

The summer bulbs are canna, caladium, dahlias, begonias, elephant ears, oxalis, pineapple lilies, and other exotic or tropical-looking foliage plants and flowers. The summer bulbs are the most exciting plantations to grow. These plantations are the accents and anchors of the summer garden. These plantations can consist of many bold, colorful, shapes, sizes and can be planted easily. Here are some points to keep in mind while storing them:

• Summer bulbs should be left in the ground until frost blackens the foliage.

• Summer bulbs should be cut off from the excess foliage and brush off loose soil.

• Summer Bulbs should be cut off from remaining foliage pack the bulbs in a few layers of an appropriate "medium" such as perlite, vermiculite, cocoa hulls, clean sawdust or peat moss.

• Summer Bulbs should be stored in a container with layers of bulbs separated by your medium of choice in a dry place until spring.

Some Flower Bulb Tips to Consider

• Keep in mind before planting any variety of these plantations, the bulb color, time of bloom (Early, mid- or late spring or early summer) and height of the plants and keep in mind which bulbs will mix best with the nearby perennials and spring flowering shrubs.

• Plant these plantations in concentrated form as against of spreading them to the whole garden. Concentrate your display where it will be most effective in spring.

Generous "bouquets" are far more dramatic than a smattering here and there.

• Try planting in layers. You can take this example. You can plant to combine low-grape hyacinths and scillas in front taller tulips and daffodils. Place large later flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils or ornamental onions at the bottom of the planting hole, cover them with a layer of soil, then, on top, plant smaller early flowering bulbs such as crocus that require shallower planting.

• Position bulb drifts in triangular patterns in the garden with the point of the triangle showing towards the front, for more generous-looking groupings.