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The general definition of a bulb is any plant that stores its complete life cycle in an underground storage structure. Types of underground storage structures that are classified under the term "bulb" include true bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers, and tuberous roots. Knowing the differences between each of these underground storage structures helps determine how to select, plant, and care for these bulbs.
For information and illustrations of different types of bulbs, see:
Selecting bulbs that are appropriate for your region is made simple by visiting:
The following sites provide information about planting and maintaining bulbs. The first three sites are geared toward gardeners whose regions are well suited for growing common spring bulbs. "Bulbs for Florida" takes a look at growing bulbs in a warmer region, where cold treatments for many common bulbs such as tulips, hyacinth, and even some lilies are inadequate or absent, due to warm winter temperatures.
What happens to your bulbs if unseasonably warm temperatures cause your spring flowering bulbs to pop up early?
When is the best time to fertilize bulbs?
Bulbs get hungry, too! Hungry for light.
Forcing bulbs is one way to enjoy bulbs indoors at different times of the year, not just when outdoor conditions permit. Storing bulbs is a practice that permits a gardener to dig up bulbs and bulblike plants that would otherwise not overwinter in the ground and replant again the following growing season.
The following articles provide insight on what, when, why, and how you can force or store bulbs.
Should you save the potted tulips you bought at the supermarket and replant for future blooms?
Tender bulbs are bulbs that will be killed by the cold and will not survive winters if not brought indoors.
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