Bulbs possess such beautiful blooms, it is no wonder they are a popular choice for flower gardens everywhere. A bulb is basically the storage organ of a plant (flower) formed by fleshy leaves. When dormant, these organs can be moved to new locations, or they can be stored before being replanted. A bulb contains a complete flower, along with all the food it needs to bloom.
All bulbs are perennials, meaning they live for many years. However, if a certain type of bulb is not adapted to your climate, it will not naturalize — grow and bloom year after year without special care. Tulips, for instance, need winters that get at least as cold as 20°F or they make smaller and fewer blooms each year.
But other bulbs, such as daffodils, are adapted to much of the United States and will increase in number each year with a minimum of effort.
You can use bulbs in formal or informal landscapes and in containers. Or bring them into the home as forced winter blooms, houseplants or cut flowers. There are no secrets to growing strong, healthy bulbs, just a few simple principles based on their natural cycle of growth.