Flower Bulb Identification

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Maybe you found some bulbs in a garden, or maybe you forgot to properly label bulbs before storing them for the season. Regardless of what happened, there are a few simple ways to determine what type of flower will bloom from a mystery bulb.

Identification

  • Bulbs come in various shapes, colors and sizes. Unless you are familiar with what a particular bulb looks like, you'll need to compare the mystery bulbs to a resource such as the Garden Express growing guide (link below). Begin your investigation by sorting the bulbs into sizes, shapes and colors.

Misconception

  • The size of the bulb does not indicate the type of flower, but rather the height that the flower will become. Generally speaking, larger bulbs yield larger, taller flowers.

Considerations

  • There is no way to determine flower color from an unlabeled bulb. Some home centers purposefully sell packages of mixed bulb varieties, which lends to an informal and natural-looking garden.

Solution

  • When storing bulbs for the season, label the package in pen or permanent marker, which is more likely to be readable.

Planting

  • According to the National Gardening Association, plant bulbs at a depth of about twice their height. Place bulbs into the ground pointy-side up.

References

  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of John Haslam Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Toni Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Kamminga
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