Ask a Master Gardener: When to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs?

Happy Halloween! I admit, I shuddered a bit to see Target being transformed into a Christmas wonderland this week, but at the same time, it was a good reminder: time to plant amaryllises! This edition of Ask a Master Gardener attempts to demystify what is admittedly a fairly easy process—it just requires some planning. Q:…

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What to Plant in October

what to plant in october

In October, many gardeners’ thoughts turn to clean-up and buttoning down for winter. But don’t scrub your trowel just yet—many plants thrive when planted in the fall, even in the North, and our weather for the first 10 days of the month looks lovely. Here are a few to add to your shopping list to…

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Garden Solutions: Perennial Tulips

Perennial Tulips Most tulips frustrate me. Planting them is a lot of work and the task produces absolutely no instant gratification. You dig a hole, place the bulbs and bury them, with no results for several months. If you manage to protect them from the squirrels for the rest of the fall and from the…

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Plant Profile: Canna Lilies

‘Australia’ canna lily For height, drama and a tropical look in northern gardens, nothing beats canna lilies. Native to tropical and semi-tropical areas of North and South America, canna lilies evolved along damp, semi-shady riverbanks. They are perennials in parts of the southern United States, but in northern climates they are annual plants for the…

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Caring for Bulbs After Bloom

A few late tulips and daffodils are still blooming, but many spring-blooming bulbs are past their prime now. So how do you care for bulbs after bloom? Here are some tips: Deadhead. Unless you are planning to harvest seed or you want the bulbs to naturalize and spread in an area, start by removing the…

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Avoiding Trouble with Critters and Fall-Planted Bulbs

It’s a rite of the season — every year, we northern gardeners plant bulbs in fall. It’s a sign of hope, a joyful ritual and a satisfying chore. But then spring comes and your beautifully planned swaths of color look like splotches on the landscape. What happened? Most likely, your luscious fall-planted bulbs provided a…

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Fall Bulb Planting: Top Three Things to Remember

Nothing says spring like a daffodil. If critters are eating your bulbs, try daffodils instead of tulips. It seems we write about planting bulbs in fall every year, and there’s a reason for that. Even if you have a good display of bulbs in your garden, bulbs sometimes peter out after a few years. So,…

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Force Spring Bulbs for Winter Beauty

We’ve passed the point where gardeners can plant bulbs outside for spring bloom, but it’s not too late to pot up bulbs for forcing into bloom in the winter. It’s fairly easy to force spring bulbs, and the appearance of something bright and springlike is a tonic come about mid-February. Many kinds of bulbs can…

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How to Dig and Divide Dahlia Tubers

Dahlias are native to Mexico, but these stunning tropical plants shine in the northern garden, too. A member of the aster family, dahlias look a bit like zinnias, chrysanthemums and other aster-like plants. They come in a wide range of forms, from small, single blooms to enormous, so-called dinner-plate dahlias, many of which are more…

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Plant Profile: Gladiolus

Gladiolus is one of those old-fashioned flowers that is enjoying a renaissance. Maybe it’s because florists love them for bouquets, or because more gardeners are growing cutting gardens, but gladioli are not just for grannies anymore. It’s easy to see why: They are easy to grow, produce striking blooms, can be grown in containers, in…

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