When it comes to flowering bulbs, there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. Also known as “packaged plants,” a flower bulb is a circular mass that contains food and tissue (it looks like an onion!). In layman’s terms, it’s a self-contained flower factory, with everything a flower needs to grow held right there in the bulb.
Little Known Facts About Bulbs
- Though most all bulb flowers bloom in the spring, they should be planted in the late fall before the first hard freeze.
- Without a few cold months to sleep and set, certain bulbs can’t bloom (sorry to those of you in perpetually sunny Florida and California — but on the bright side, we deliver!).
- Tulips, arguably the most popular bulb flower, have been around for centuries, far longer than some other spring flower favorites. Tulips were first found sprouting in the valleys and mountains of West Asia where temperatures range from sweltering hot to ice cold.
- Speaking of tulips, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in 1600s Holland. This was during the height of tulip mania.
- Though we don’t suggest trying it, some recipes still found today say you can substitute onions for tulip bulbs.
- If you’re in the market for bulbs, always choose the largest, hardest ones — these are the healthiest.
- Some bulbs have what appears to be two ‘heads,’ or points. These bulbs will sometimes sprout two flowers.
- Several flowers that bloom from bulbs, including tulips, are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.