Congrats to Sharon D & Erin R our Dutchgrown bulb winners!
Well first of all, almost all flower bulbs are grown in Holland. Due to a combination of generations of growers' knowledge and the perfect soil and climate, Holland is still the flower bulb capital of the world. so if you buy them direct, you're going to get fresher, healthier bulbs that produce more vigorous plants with lots of blooms. Also if you want the newest varieties of bulbs, you can only get them directly from Holland.
You can plant your bulbs as soon as you receive them, as long as you are in the correct planting window for your area. Fall bulbs should be planted from September until January, depending on your planting zone. As a general guideline, you have about 8 weeks to plant after the first frost and as long as the ground is not yet frozen solid, you can still plant your bulbs. If you decide you want to wait with planting, that's fine, as long as you store them dry. No frost and no heat. The best temperature for storing is between 40 and 50 degrees F.
Yes, for the best result you plant bulbs in groups. Although its not a must, a minimum of 10-15 bulbs give a nice effect. Planting in clusters gives a more thought-out feel to your landscaping, whereas a single bulb planted here and there can seem accidental. Not to mention that with clusters you can plant several different varieties and achieve gorgeous blends of colors.
Most bulbs need a period of cold climate before they start growing. If you live in a warm climate and want to grow bulbs, you're in luck because we can simulate this cold climate by 'pre-cooling' your bulbs by storing them for 10-14 weeks in the refrigerator before planting. There are a few bulb varieties that do not need any cool period at all. If you are in a warm climate and don't want to deal with pre-cooling your bulbs in the refrigerator, try Amaryllis, Paperwhites, Alliums, Iris and Fritillaria.
Deer and other animals hate strong smelling plants, so you can try planting these among your planted bulbs or as a border around the planting. Try strong herbs such as mint sometimes work, or even lavender, horseradish or Fritillaria Imperialis. Narcissus, scilla and amaryllis are usually deer-resistant, so consider switching to these varieties if the scent trick hasn't been successful. Some animals are more easily deterred than others!
Certain varieties of daffodils have a gorgeous fragrance. In fact, at Dutch Grown, we have created an exclusive mix of these scented daffodil varieties which is very popular. All hyacinths smell great and of course Paperwhites. Also, certain tulips, such as Fosterina tulips (Red, White and Yellow Emperor) have a delightful perfume. Dutch Grown has a best-selling mix of these fragrant tulips also.
Unfortunately, no. You can not store and plant bulbs a year later. If there is no frost during day and night in January you could try to plant them immediately and if winter is not too harsh, there is a big chance that they will flower.
8.) How do I grow tulips, daffodils, or crocus inside? I’ve read that it’s possible to grow bulbs in pots.
Yes growing bulbs in pots is definitely possible. Give tulips, daffodils and crocus 12 weeks of cold (40 to 50 degrees F) hyacinths 10 weeks, and after that period you can plant them in pots and keep them inside your house. They will flower in approx 6-8 weeks. They will only need light watering after they have been brought indoors otherwise they may grow too tall and tend to flop over in the pot.
Planting bulbs is as easy as 1,2,3. Also, we supply easy to understand planting instructions and tips with every order to make it pretty much foolproof. Our advice? Don't be deterred...just go for it!
10.) When do bulb growers in the Netherlands plant their bulbs?
Growers in Holland plant daffodils in September, Tulips are planted in October and November. Hyacinths are planted in November and December.
Dutch Grown supplies Holland flower bulbs from Dutch farmers directly to customers in the USA. We are already a 4th generation company and the 5th generation is already getting bigger each year! As a family company, our goal is to make our US customers as satisfied as we possibly can. We do our utmost each year to have the best and most exclusive new varieties in stock. We supply only top quality bulbs. And our customers tell us that we have amazing pricing too!
- This giveaway is sponsored by Dutch Grown.
- Winner must be 18 years or older and be a U.S. resident.
- The giveaway will begin at 6 am EST on Sunday, December 28th 2014 and run until 11:59 EST on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.
- Two winners will be chosen using a random number generator on January 7th, 2015 and will be contacted by email. When leaving a comment, you must enter a valid email address in order to win. Winners have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. If the winning entries are through the email subscription entry, this will be verified. Good luck and happy planting!
And having received a lovely shipment of bulbs myself, I can vouch for how fantastic they are. They are huuuuuuge! It was fun planting in this odd midwinter thaw we seem to be having. I'll post some pictures in the Spring once I get some blooms.
So what's your favorite type of spring flower?