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Continued: Best bet bulbs

  • Article by: DIGGING IN NANCY ROSE
  • Last update: August 16, 2009 - 10:40 AM

After planting, thoroughly water the area. Continue watering as needed to keep soil moist but not soggy until the ground starts to freeze.

MULCH

Even hardy bulbs benefit from some winter mulch, especially the first year they're planted. Once the ground has frozen, apply 4 or more inches of loose, dry straw.

LEAVE THE LEAVES

After the bulbs have bloomed in the spring, always let the foliage mature and die back on its own. The foliage has a short period to do its job of making food energy for the bulb. Cutting off green leaves will definitely hurt the bulb.

Nancy Rose is a horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension. To ask her a gardening question, call 612-673-9073 and leave a message. She will answer questions in this column only.

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