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Bulb Flowers Identification

Bulb Flowers Identification

Bulb Flowers Identification

Flower Bulbs Come in Many Different Shapes and Sizes. How Do You Identify Them?

Perhaps you’ve dug a bed and found some mystery bulbs, or maybe you forgot to label bulbs before storing them. How do you know what kind of blooms you will get next spring? Our flower bulb identification chart is here to help, with a few tips on how to identify the most popular spring flower bulbs, including daffodils and tulips.

Daffodil Bulb Flowers Identification

Bulb flowers identification is not always easy but it's important to know what you're dealing with. Although daffodils are definitely not edible, they are sometimes mistaken for onions as they grow in layers are covered in a thin brown papery skin that peels away easily. Daffodil bulbs are round in shape with a pointed tip which is where the shoot will appear. You will notice small roots on the underside of the bulb. Daffodil bulbs are usually around 2”-3” in diameter. Daffodil bulbs may divide and produce bulblets; you can separate these from the parent bulb and replant them.

Tulip Bulb Flowers Identification

Tulip bulbs are usually a little smaller than daffodils. They have a neater shape, feel very solid and their light or dark brown skin does not peel away as readily. Tulip bulbs have roots on their base and a distinct point on the top and should be planted with this side upwards. Like daffodils, tulip bulbs multiply by producing small bulbs called offsets. The best time to separate them from the parent bulb is when the foliage has died back after blooming.

Dutch Iris Bulb Flowers Identification

Dutch iris bulb flowers identification is easy! Stately Dutch irises grow from small, teardrop-shaped bulbs with a tan-colored papery skin. As with other bulbs, they should be planted with the pointed end upwards and the roots beneath. Dutch irises may naturalize and rebloom but are often treated as annuals.

For more tips about growing flower bulbs successfully, take a look at our informative blog posts or ask us a question - we’d love to hear from you.
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