Saturday, January 30, 2010

Flower Bulbs

Flower bulbs have enjoyed wide patronage since a long time. There are several reasons for this. The shape of the bulb catches one�s fancy; their following capacity adds spice to their existence. Flower bulbs have other intrinsic properties. They need little water. Flower bulbs have self-contained, highly developed food storage mechanism that is adaptive to conditions around.

Month of dormancy and inactivity do not hamper the bouncing back of the flower bulbs to life of growth and continuity. Human beings need to take cue from their endurance capacity that is manifest in conditions of drought, frost or scorching heat.

When flower bulbs have the ability to come back every year and reproduce, they are said to be naturalizing otherwise they become perennials. Depending upon the season of their flowering, bulbs get divided in to spring, summer and autumn flower bulbs. The first variety is planted late autumn till middle of October. Tulips, Daffodils, Crocuses, Hyacinths, and Allums are well known. The second variety should be planted late spring till early April. Dahlias, Begonias, Lilies, Gladiolas, and Callas come under this variety. The third variety ought to be planted early summer till mid-August Autumn crocuses and colchicums come under this variety.

The foliage of the flower bulbs should not be cut but allowed to become yellow. The withering of the foliage has nothing to do with the dynamism of the bulbs. They sustain their activity preparing for the next cycle. There is a wonderful arrangement of causing flower bulbs to sprout roots to stem followed by flowering and then withering culminating in dormancy. All this appears to be handiwork of a biological clock.

Flower bulbs store enough nutrients to nourish not only plant but also the blossoms and leaves during the flowering period which can be sighted as an instance of being resourceful, so to say. This could possibly account for �instant� flowering by some flower bulbs like narcissus when placed in a bowl of moist pebbles, something like the smile or uninhibited laughter of a child.

Flower bulbs become further categorized into true bulbs, corns, tubers, and rhizomes. Each is governed by conditions of weather, place and the general environment around. Flower bulbs get best illustrated through tulips that flourished in the Netherlands and almost ruined the country. There was a craze and madness �owning� the tulip. Thankfully the bubble surrounding the bulb has been burst timely and sanity has been restored.

Flower bulbs like tulips, daffodils are ideally planted during the autumn or fall season so that they flower during the spring season. Indoor bloom is a sort of making the flower bulbs bloom indoors by creating conditions indoor that are just like those in the spring. Although it could be winter time when the trees are covered with snow and frost outside, it is a different scene altogether indoor. On being duped that it is spring time bulbs give out blossoms. Thus the trick to �fool� these bulbs has worked.

Cannas, Crinums, Dahlias, Elephant Ears, Gladiolas, Rain Lilies, St. Joseph Lily, and Tuberoses are some of the flower bulbs that are grown and nurtured. They can be transplanted and transshipped after taking necessary precautions. All in all, flower bulbs have become all time favorites of gardener and a home maker. The gardener needs to put in little effort to take care of the flower bulbs. With little asking, they impart significantly. Can�t something be learnt from flower bulbs that adapt and bloom giving joy to one and all?

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