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Buy Fall Bulbs Today

It may be fall, but it’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking about your garden. Once again, we’ve have teamed up with Flower Power Fundraising to offer bulbs, seeds and flowers for planting. These can be ordered quickly and easily online, and 50% of the proceeds from your order will go toward our programs. Flower Power Fundraising offers the best quality bulbs and flowers from Holland and the United States, and offers a 100% money back guarantee. This offer is only available until October 15, 2017, so place your order today. Click here to order.

Support The Nature Generation and get bulbs for a beautiful spring garden! Purchase your bulbs today and for a flat $6 shipping rate, and they’ll arrive on time for fall planting that will yield lovely spring blooms.  Selection includes crocus, daffodils, tulips, lilies, anemone and wildflowers, herbs, and more.

35 Spring Beauty Garden

Here’s a Sample Package Deal: 35 Spring Beauty Garden for $24.00

Guaranteed to add beauty and charm to your spring garden, this collection of 35 bulbs begins blooming in spring and continues into early summer… year-after-year! Great for planting along walkways and garden borders.. This collection makes a wonderful gift for someone starting out in the garden who wants a trouble free, guaranteed variety of color for the summer season. 5 Mixed Tulips, 5 Yellow Daffodils, 15 Mixed Crocus, 10 Mountain Lilies

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Bulb and Bareroot Basics*

Care Upon Arrival

  • Open the package immediately on arrival and plant within a few days for best results. If temperatures are unseasonably hot or cold, or you are unable to plant right away, open the box for ventilation and store in a cool, dark location. Do not allow bulbs and plants to freeze or dry out. Leave in packaging and dampen roots of bare root plants if necessary to keep them moist.

Plant Forms

  • Bulbs: We use this general term to refer to all bulb-like forms. Technically, we ship true bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes. Some bulbs are hardy and may be left in the ground to over-winter, while others are tender and must be lifted and stored in colder areas. Typically, bulbs bloom the first year they are planted.
  • Bare root perennials: Some of our plants are shipped as dormant, bare root divisions. They may appear dead, but will begin growing upon planting and watering. To quicken the process, soak the bare root plants in cool to tepid water for half an hour prior to planting. Some perennials do not bloom the first year of planting, instead concentrating on root and shoot development. Perennials generally do not reach their mature size and flowering potential until the third year.

Soil Preparation

  • As many of our bulbs and plants are long-lived, it is ideal to prepare the soil prior to planting. For best results, mix in several inches of compost into the top 12” of soil. If the soil is sandy or clay, mix in more compost to improve the water retention and drainage respectively. If desired, mix in a slow-release granular fertilizer into the soil.

Container Planting

  • Many of our bulbs and bareroot perennials are suitable for planting in containers. Planting in containers may allow you to grow bulbs and perennials that are otherwise not hardy in your soil or climate.
  • Choose containers with drainage holes. Use only high quality container mix that has peat and perlite or vermiculite. Do not use garden soil; it is too dense for good root growth, retains too much water and may contain diseases.
  • Set plants a little closer than in the garden, but leave a few inches of space between plants.
  • Plantings in containers dry out faster. Monitor moisture daily and water as needed.
  • Container mix contains few nutrients, so it’s important to feed plants weekly with a well-balanced fertilizer. Follow the fertilizer instructions closely.
  • The hardiness zone range for each plant assumes that the plant is growing in the ground. Plants grown in containers are more susceptible to freezing temperatures and cold wind. Plants that normally may be hardy in your zone may not survive the winter in a pot. Over-winter potted plants in a cool space that will not freeze, such as a heated garage or unheated basement. Alternatively, bury non-porous pots in the garden and cover with several inches of mulch. Many pots, especially porous ones such as terra cotta, may break or lose their glazing when allowed to freeze.

Routine Maintenance

  • Water: Monitor the moisture of the soil, checking to make sure the root zone is moist. Water as needed. Most young plants require consistent moisture their first year.
  • Feeding: Feed garden plants every two to three weeks during the growing season with a well-balanced liquid fertilizer, following directions on the label. Feed container-grown plants on a weekly basis.
  • Mulch: Apply a two-inch-thick layer of mulch around plants in garden beds to retain moisture, maintain even soil temperatures and suppress weeds and disease. Keep mulch one to two inches away from plant stems to prevent rot.
  • Deadhead: Remove spent flowers to prolong the bloom season and allow the plant to retain more energy for next year’s blooms.
  • Divide: Many perennials require division every three to five years. If plants appear too crowded or flower production decreases, it may be time to divide. Dig up the clump, keeping as much of the root system as possible, and divide by gently cutting or pulling clumps away from the main plant. Spring and fall are generally the best times to divide.

Winter Hardiness

  • Some of the bulbs and plants we offer are not winter hardy in all areas of the country. They may be treated as annuals and left in the ground to die, or they may be dug up and brought indoors to over-winter. Please refer to plant-specific instructions under Planting Instructions by Flower Name.

Source: Flower Power – Click here for more detailed instruction by flower type.

 

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