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spring bulb gardens






bulb flower botanical
and common names
pots and saucers, baskets, ceramic
n Crocus (KROW-kus)
planters, glass bowls and cylinders, met-
n Hyacinthus (hy-uh-SIN-thus)
Hyacinth alware, and more. Sizes generally range
from 4 to 12 inches in diameter or width
n Iris (EYE-ris)
Dwarf Iris, Fleur-de-lis and, sometimes, larger.
n Lilium (LIL-ee-um) DECORATIVE LIFE
Lily Individual bulb flower blooms typically
n Muscari (mus-CAR-ee) last from three to six days each, but
Grape hyacinth because there are multiple bulbs and a
Tulips, dwarf Irises, hyacinths and
n Narcissus (nar-SIS-us) variety of bulbs in mixed potted gar- winter windflowers (Anemone
blanda, a.k.a Grecian windflowers
Daffodil, Jonquil, Paper-white dens, which usually bloom at slightly and sapphire Anemones)
Photo: iBulb
n Tulipa (TOO-li-puh) different times, the life span of a bulb
Tulip garden can be as long as two weeks,
DESCRIPTION from the time the first bulb blooms until purchasing advice
Mixed spring bulb gardens commonly the last flower fades.
For maximum flower life at the
comprise three or more of the following Of course, longevity is dependent on consumer lever, buy spring bulb gar-
flower types: tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, the care they receive and the environ- dens at an early stage of develop-
ment—when the buds are just visible
grape hyacinths, Crocuses, dwarf Irises mental conditions in which they’re dis-
but before they show color and begin
and/or hybrid lilies. More exotic versions played (see “In-Store and Consumer Care” to open.
can also include Alliums, Fritillarias, on opposite page), their maturity at the With bulb flowers in bud form,
these flowering planters often lack
Ornithogalums, Freesias and other bulbs. time of sale, and even flower variety.
sales appeal, so inform customers
Assortments vary from grower to grower, AVAILABILITY that bulb flowers typically open quick-
and they can range from monochromatic Potted spring bulb gardens are typically ly, that those in bud stage will provide
them with more days of enjoyment
to polychromatic (multicolored). available from January through April or and that they will be able to watch
Containers run the gamut from basic early May (Mother’s Day), depending on the flowers grow and mature.
to decorative—plastic and clay flower the grower.


fun fact

HOME SWEET HOME Many bulb flowers, including tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, are
native to the Mediterranean region, including Southern Europe, the western Middle
East and Northern Africa.
















Tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths,
Super Floral has created this page for the education of store-level employees. To download daffodils and Oriental hybrid lilies
a reprintable PDF, please go to www.superfloral.com and select “Current Issue.” Photo: Pioneer Flower Farms Limited
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