Fall Or Holland Bulbs





That class of bulbs known as Fall, or Holland Bulbs, includes Hyacinths,

Crocuses, Jonquils, Tulips, Narcissuses, Snow-drops, and several less

known kinds. These bulbs are grown in Holland in immense quantities, the

soil and climate of that country being peculiarly favorable to them, and

they are annually imported into this country in great numbers. The fall

is the time to set them out; any time from the first of October, to the

middle of December. Tulips, Jonquils, Narcissuses, and Hyacinths, should

be planted four inches deep, and eight inches apart each way; the

Snow-drops and Crocuses two inches deep, and six inches apart.



All of the above named bulbs are entirely hardy, and will stand in the

ground without any surface protection through the severest winters. Some

go to the trouble of covering the surface with leaves or other litter

for protection, but this is entirely unnecessary. A very pretty effect

may be had, where one has a large number of bulbs, by selecting the

different colors and planting each color in a row by itself, so that

when they blossom, it will be in ribbon-lines of red, white, blue, or

yellow, as the case may be. Or, if one has a large number of beds of

different shapes, cut so as to form a design of some kind, each section

may be planted with a different color (Hyacinths are the best for this

work), and when all come into bloom in April, the effect will be most

charming. We tried this "massing" of the differently colored bulbs one

year, in a "design" of one hundred different sections of all conceivable

shapes. Planting the bulbs so that, when in blossom, the whole would

present a harmonious effect. It would be hard to conceive of a more

attractive sight than that presented by all those bulbs in full bloom

in early April, when every thing else looked barren and cheerless. They

were admired by every one who saw them. Bulbs of this character bloom

and pass away in season to allow room for other plants to be set out.

These may be set between the rows of bulbs, and not disturb them in the

least. Any of the above named bulbs are especially desirable for house

culture in winter. Make an oblong box, say four feet in length, fifteen

inches wide, and twelve deep, fill this with fine, rich loam, then plant

a row of Hyacinths in the centre, and on each side of this plant a row

of either Snow-drops or Crocuses, water thoroughly, and set away in a

dark, cool place. In three weeks remove the box into the full light, and

water freely, they will grow and bloom throughout the winter. If the box

can be set near a front window, it will make a pretty display while the

bulbs are in bloom.



These bulbs can be started in pots, or glasses filled with water, and

treated in the same manner as stated above. Place a single bulb of

Hyacinth in each pot or glass. Four-inch pots filled nearly to the top

with soil, and the bulbs set in and pressed down, so that nothing but

the crown is above ground, are all that is necessary. The same bulbs can

be used a number of years, but they are not so good as fresh ones, which

should be obtained each year if possible. After the bulbs are through

blooming, they may be left in the soil in which they grew through the

winter, and removed to a dry place to rest, in preparation for starting

them another fall. If fresh bulbs are desired for this purpose, the old

ones may be planted out in the open ground, where they will again renew

their strength, and bloom annually for a number of years. They are

multiplied from the seed and from offshoots.





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