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When is the best time to plant my flower bulbs?

By Ben Rotteveel on

Spring bulbs should be planted in fall, but when in fall exactly? It all depends on the temperature of the soil and where you live. In this blog we will look at the optimum times to plant your flower bulbs, so you’ll get the best results this spring.

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DutchGrown Flower Bulb Collections: Less Hassle, More Joy

By Ben Rotteveel on

Choosing individual flower bulb varieties to go together in your garden can be great fun, but sometimes choosing and deciding can get overwhelming. Why not let DutchGrown’s specially selected collections make things easier for you? In this blog post I discuss three collections to give you a taste of our range.

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Lasagna Planting: Layering Flower Bulbs for Constant Blooming

By Ben Rotteveel on

Stacking different varieties in one container for non-stop blooming? It’s possible with lasagna planting, which makes layered growing fun and easy with fabulous results.

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Gardening for a healthy body and mind

By Ben Rotteveel on

Working in your garden will give you beautiful flowers and lush greenery, but there is an extra bonus to be had: Gardening is proven to be extremely healthy. It lowers your stress levels, burns calories and tones your body. Let’s get digging!

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Dutch Masters: Painting Beautiful Flower Bulbs

By Ben Rotteveel on

In the 17th century the Dutch economy was booming, and an enormous amount of beautiful paintings were commissioned by the newly rich to showcase their wealth. The still lifes of that age depict many flowers that we still love to grow in our own gardens in 2018. Let DutchGrown take you on a guided tour through this museum of beautiful flower bulbs.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Flower Bulbs (2)

By Ben Rotteveel on

Flower bulbs are easy to plant and care for when you know which common pitfalls to avoid. In this blog I will answer a second selection of frequently asked questions, and help you to get the most out of your flower bulb-growing experience.

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Featured Variety: Parrot Tulips

By Ben Rotteveel on

These flamboyant stunners look good in any garden. Find out where they come from, how to plant and care for them, and which of these show stoppers we sell.

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Gardening as Mindfulness

By Ben Rotteveel on

In these stressful times, practicing mindfulness is the perfect counterbalance to our hectic lives. Gardening is a great exercise in mindfulness, as it connects you to your surroundings, helps you to be in the present, and shows you the benefits of accepting things as they are.

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Red, White and Blue: The All-American Garden

By Ben Rotteveel on

Let the beautiful colors and crisp design of the American flag inspire you to plant a garden that’s as American as apple pie.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Flower Bulbs (1)

By Ben Rotteveel on

Gardening with flower bulbs is quite easy, but there are still some tricks and tips that will make the result much more rewarding. In this post I answer some of the questions I get asked very frequently.

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What’s New? 10 Flower Bulb Varieties Launched in 2018

By Ben Rotteveel on

Every year flower bulb experts create and discover new varieties. Check out our guide to the latest beauties and order your favorites to create a spring garden full of state-of-the art blooms.

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Growing Flower Bulbs in Pots and Containers

By Ben Rotteveel on

Bulbs don’t need to be restricted to the garden. Think outside the flowerbed, and grow beautiful and fragrant blooms on your patio or balcony, in your 2nd story windowsill, or simply indoors.

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Are Tulips Annual or Perennial?

By Ben Rotteveel on

Officially Tulips are perennials. So why do they often not come back after one season? Or at least not as beautiful and plentiful as the first time? The explanation is simple: Geography. But there are things you can do to give them the best chance to show their true perennial nature, even when your garden is far away from their natural habitat.

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The Winner's Experience of the Trip to the Netherlands 2018

By Ben Rotteveel on

(by Kathleen Lores from Philomath, OR)   Hi! I am the VERY LUCKY winner of the sweepstakes trip to Amsterdam, Holland, and what a surprise! I must thank DutchGrown for the most incredible trip of a life time. Keukenhof Gardens would...

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Forcing Flower Bulbs For Winter Joy

By Ben Rotteveel on

Waiting for spring can be exciting, but also exasperating. What if you could trick flower bulbs into growing earlier? Forcing flower bulbs is an easy and fun way to brighten up those dreary winter months with the blooms and fragrances of spring.

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Best flower bulbs to attract bees and butterflies to your garden!

By Ben Rotteveel on

Bees and butterflies are beautiful creatures that are also useful and vital pollinators. Attract them to your garden with bulbs like Allium, Crocus, Grape Hyacinths, Anemones, Spanish Bluebells and Miniature Tulips, and enjoy their pretty sight and soothing sound all season long.

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Jumbo Amaryllis bulb varieties for indoors and outdoors

By Ben Rotteveel on

The statuesque and striking Jumbo Amaryllis is easy to care for and brings exotic charm and tropical abundance wherever it grows. Blooming more than once a year, and feeling at home indoors and outdoors, this dramatic flower is the ideal gift for any gardener, no matter how green their thumb.

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How to Grow a White Spring Garden

By Ben Rotteveel on

Create the garden you've always wanted. 
White flowering bulbous plants are available in a wide range so that you can make beautiful combinations: perfect for the traditional white garden. To give you some inspiration, we have made a selection of the most beautiful flower bulbs that bloom early, mid and late in the spring.

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How Flower Bulbs are measured?

By Ben Rotteveel on

When it comes to flower bulbs, size matters. The bigger the bulb, the better the bloom quality. How does this actually work, and how will you know if you are getting good quality flower bulbs? Flower bulbs are...

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The Black Tulip

By Ben Rotteveel on

Black flowers have a certain magic, and when those flowers are tulips, you can be sure of getting something truly dramatic. Although black tulips are relatively rare (and technically more eggplant than true black), there are, nevertheless fantastic...

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When Should I Plant My Spring Flowering Bulbs?

By Ben Rotteveel on

Have you ever noticed that the best gardens aren’t planted from ‘instant color’ but are created by gardeners who think a season or two ahead? Bulbs offer us some of the most beautiful spring flowers of all, but...

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Deer and Rodent Resistant Flower Bulbs

By Ben Rotteveel on

Deer and Rodent Resistant flower bulbs It is a lovely sight to see bees, butterflies and hummingbirds in your garden. However larger animals like deer and squirrels you don’t want to see near your fresh-planted bulbs. Imagine the...

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Keukenhof Gardens 2018: A Place for Inspiration

By Ben Rotteveel on

We are a proud exhibitor at the World famous Keukenhof Gardens. It’s a paradise of flowers, a wonder of the world, and a place that should be on every traveler’s bucket list whether they like flowers or not....

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The Sweet Scent of Tulips, Daffodils & Hyacinths

By Ben Rotteveel on

Have you ever traveled to the flower fields? During springtime there are lots of them in The Netherlands. The beautiful sweet perfume fills the air and it is pure joy to bike or walk next to the fields!...

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Planting a Succession of Spring Flowering Bulbs

By Ben Rotteveel on

Spring: an explosion of color as your bulbs come into bloom. It’s always a delight, but making your spring bloom display last even longer takes a little careful planning when planting fall bulbs. Get your tips for a...

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Top 10 Naturalizing Flower Bulbs For Easy Gardening

By Ben Rotteveel on

“Which bulbs return every year?” This has been one of the most frequently asked questions by mail in the last couple of weeks. Naturalizing bulbs are bulbs that return every year. Once you have planted them, you don’t...

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What to Do After Tulips and Daffodils Are Finished Flowering in the Spring

By Ben Rotteveel on

What you do with your spring flowering daffodils and tulips once they have stopped flowering depends on whether you want to try planting the same bulbs for next spring. If you don’t plan to do this, you can...

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7 Steps To a Flowering Garden All Spring

By Ben Rotteveel on

As an avid gardener myself and working in the flower bulb business since I was 15 years old, I seem to be consistently coming across the same request. People want seasonal gardens so that they can look out...

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Using Black Flowering Bulbs Effectively

By Ben Rotteveel on

Black flowering bulbs are among the most novel and innovative in the world of plants. There are magnificent near-black tulip varieties like Tulip Queen of the night, Black Hero and Black Parrot. The black Hyacinth Dark Dimension is truly striking, and black Fritillarias really make a statement. But as with just about anything in life, it’s not what you have that matters as much as what you do with it.

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Year-Round Flowering Plants Versus Flower Bulbs

By Ben Rotteveel on

If you’re lucky enough to live in a fairly mild climate where you can plant year-round (perpetual) flowering plants or a succession of perennials, you may be wondering why you should even consider growing bulbs. That’s particularly true...

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Using Flower Bulbs in your Wedding

By Ben Rotteveel on

When it comes to planning your wedding, particularly if you’re planning to get married in spring, be sure to take the advantages of spring-flowering bulbs into account. These striking plants, with their array of colors and strong foliage,...

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Tulips In Hot Climates: Is It Possible?

By Ben Rotteveel on

Their vibrant colors, clean lines and classic cup-like shapes have made tulips a firm favorites for centuries. A single bloom makes a stunning statement in a simple vase, while fields of colored blooms paint entire landscapes. It’s not...

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The Perfect Spring Bulb Garden

By Ben Rotteveel on

If you’ve ever admired a spring bulb garden, you may be wondering what the ‘secret’ is, but there are no secrets. Gardening with bulbs is really quite easy. It’s just a matter of good planning and common sense....

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Are Dutch Flower Bulbs Really the Best?

By Ben Rotteveel on

Have you ever wondered why so many of the bulbs available on the market come from the Netherlands? Is it a clever marketing ploy, or are Dutch bulbs really the best? Find out about the huge bulbs industry...

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Buying Bulbs

By Ben Rotteveel on

Did you know when you buy flower bulbs the next flower bud is in the bulb already?   The higher the quality of the bulb, the best chance to have a garden full of spring flowers. Usually the...

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