Planting Tips for Native Flower Bulbs

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How to use some tips for planting native flower bulbs; get professional tips and advice from an expert on picking, buying, and planting flower bulbs in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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YOLANDA VANVEEN: Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen with Expert Village. Now, the earth is a globe and on the top and the bottom poles, it's dark all the time so it's cold and no vegetation. In the middle, we have the equator and on the equator there are no seasons so we don't have hot and cold periods. So, bulbs do not do well generally on the equator because they actually need a colder to warmer period of time for them to come back every year. So, the areas that have the most native bulbs are generally halfway in between the North Pole and the equator. So, any area that is at 45 degrees latitude I have found is generally the correct location, native location for most bulbs, and that goes for the Southern Hemisphere as well. Halfway in between the equator and Antarctica, there's also a band where there's perfect seasons with exactly three months of spring, summer and fall. So, when you look on the globe, you'll find the Pacific Northwest, we have a lot of native bulbs, we're right there. Then we've got parts of Northern Europe where the Aconitum and other Northern Europe period plants come from. We've got Siberia and some other native plants into Northern China and then we've got Japan. There are a lot of bulbs that come from Japan. And if you come back around to the Southern Hemisphere, you'll find that we've got Australia but really there are not a lot of bulbs from Australia because it kinda cut away from the rest of the continents before in the evolutionary time track the bulbs really were produced. But you've got South Africa which is couldn't get any more perfect for bulbs. We're right on the line. And then you've got the mountainous areas of South America where you've got the Ismenes, you've got Tigridias, you've got all types of different plants that come from the Southern Hemisphere. And I'm always fascinated by that and I feel very fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest where we do have perfect seasons and that we can grow bulbs so easily. Next, we're going to discuss the correct time to plant flower bulbs.