Spring has sprung and we're ready to enjoy a beautiful spring garden! From tulips to daffodils, so many of our favorite flowers come in bulb form, but how much do you really know about bulbs? We often hear questions about when to plant bulbs, how to care for bulbs, and simply what IS a flower bulb? We put together this infographic to give you a comprehensive guide on bulb facts, bulb types, bulb care, and more, with a focus on sprouted bulbs which you can buy from 1-800-Flowers! Best of all, sprouted bulb plants can be enjoyed both indoors and out- so there's no need to wait until the last frost has passed. Let's get into it so you can enjoy your flower bulbs for as long as possible!
Get the Dirt on Bulbs
Popular Types of Sprouted Bulbs
Rounded with a flat
bottom and made up
of rings inside.
i.e. tulips, daffodil, hyacinth
contain no rings.
i.e. crocus, gladiola
Have no tunic or
basal plate with
Stem that grow
i.e. lily of the valley
Sprouted bulbs are a bulb that has
already begun to grow. Bulbs are
usually planted in the fall, but
sprouted bulbs can be planted in
Smallest Bulbs &
Most only grows 4-6 inches tall!
Longest Lasting and
Lilies. Easily reaching heights of 8
feet, with some varities reaching
heights of 20 feet tall.
Most Common Bulb
Plants are Perennials
Perennials will continue to bloom for
a minimum of three years without
repeated planting or work, as
opposed to annuals which need
to be replanted every year.
Hardy bulbs like crocuses and tulips
are left in the ground year-round,
while tender bulbs like irises must be
dug up in cold climates.
Caring for Sprouted Bulbs
Sprouted bulbs have a 1- to 2-inch tip of growth visible when they arrive. They should bloom in 2 to 4 weeks, and continue to bloom for at least three years with more.
Before planting, sprouted bulbs should be watered and placed in a bright location at room temperature to encourage growth.
Can be planted outdoors after they have bloomed as long as the soil is easily worked and the last frost has passed.
Will do best in soil that is well drained, particularly when planted in bright or sunny locations.
Smaller sprouted bulbs are usually kept in pots, such as the Paperwhite.
Go dormant in temperatures less than 40 degrees, and will sprout slowly around 50 degrees.