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I decided to keep this list and the link that goes with it, I will add more charts with some easy and favorite bulbs for all four seasons.

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Summer Flowering Bulbs
Crops Research Division, Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Government Printing, Washington, D.C.

Reviewed Fall 1997 by J. Robert Nuss, Professor of Ornamental Horticulture

The list of plants in this bulletin includes some that grow from corms and
tubers as well as those that grow from bulbs.  Corms, tubers, and bulbs store
food for the growing plants.  All references to bulbs also include corms and

Summer flowering bulbs are easy to grow, and do well in all parts of the
United States. Most of them are grown for their flowers, some for their

Among the more popular summer flowering bulbs are tuberous rooted begonia,
canna, dahlia, gladiolus, lily, and caladium.

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Allium (flowering onion)
varies in height from 9 inches to 5 feet. Many
varieties are grown. Summer flowering varieties bloom in June and July.
Flowers are white, red, yellow, blue, or pink. Use allium in borders. Some
commonly grown kinds of summer flowering allium and their characteristics are
as follows:

AzureumQDeep blue flowers; grows 2 feet tall; blooms in July.
GiganteumQBlue flowers, 9 inches in diameter; grows 5 feet tall; blooms in
UnifoliumQPink flowers; grows 15 inches tall; blooms in July.

Plant bulbs 2 or 3 inches deep in early spring. Space them 6 to 15 inches
apart in clumps of 6 to 12 bulbs. The distance between bulbs depends on the
height of the plant at flowering time.
Leave the bulbs in place for many years. Dig, separate, and replant them when
they become crowded or produce small flowers.

grown for its showy, colorful leaves.  The flower buds should be
removed as soon as they appear so the leaves can develop fully.

Many varieties of caladium are grown.  Dwarf varieties grow up to 9 inches. 
Ordinary tall varieties grow up to 18 inches, and elephantUs  ear grows up to
6 feet. Use caladium in front of shrubs, as foundation plantings around the
home, land as pot plants.

Plant the tubers close together in a flat from January to mid-May. Use a
mixture of peat moss and coarse sand. Cover the planted tubers with a 1-inch
layer of peat moss.
Water the tubers often enough to keep the soil mixture damp. Roots grow from
the tops of the tubers; they must be kept moist and covered with peat moss.
Keep the room temperature no lower than 70 degrees F. Tubers often rot in cool

As soon as roots develop, replant the tubers of elephant's ear outdoors or in
tubs or boxes; replant the tubers of other varieties outdoors or in 6-inch
pots. Use a mixture of equal parts of garden soil and peat moss. Grow the
plants in a lightly shaded area, never in direct sunlight. The leaves burn

Try to balance the light and shade to get the most color in the leaves. When
plants are grown in deep shade, the leaves will have more green coloring and
less pink or red.

Water and fertilize caladium at least every other week. Do not allow the soil
to become dry. Fertilize with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of 20-20-20 soluble
fertilizer per gallon of water.

When the leaves turn yellow in the fall, dig the tubers from the garden and
store them with the soil around them. Store potted tubers in the pots. Keep
the storage area dry and at no less than 60! F. Start the growing cycle again
the next year.

Many types of canna are grown. Tall types grow 5 to 7 feet high and dwarf
types, 18 to 30 inches. Canna blooms for many weeks in summer. Flowers are
red, pink, orange, yellow, and cream. Use canna in flowerbeds.

Plant rhizomes (underground stems) from March to May in flats filled with peat
moss. Cover the rhizomes with 1 inch of peat moss and water them often enough
to keep the peat moss damp.

When shoots appear, replant the rhizomes in 4-inch pots. Use a mixture of
equal parts of garden soil, peat moss, and sand. Leave the pot plants indoors
until all danger of frost has passed. Then plant them outside in full

Dig the planting site thoroughly and mix well-rotted cow manure into the soil.
Plant the rhizomes just below the soil surface. Space them 12 to 18 inches

Water and fertilize the plants at 2 week intervals throughout the growing
season. Apply a light ring of 5-10-5 or 10-6-4 fertilizer around each plant.
Stake the tall varieties; they fall over easily.
After the first light frost, cut off the stems of the plants. Then dig the
rhizome clumps and let them dry. Store them with the soil around them away
from frost. If your storage conditions are dry, embed the rhizomes in flats of
dried peat moss for the winter. The next spring, clean the rhizomes and start
the growing cycle again.

grows 2 to 4 feet high. It blooms in summer and fall and produces
flowers of all colors. The kinds of gladiolus that are commonly grown are
grandiflora, primulinus, primulinus hybrids, and colvilleii. Use gladiolus for
cut flowers or in flowerbeds.

Plant gladiolus bulbs in rows 36 inches wide or in flowerbeds. Prepare the
beds the year before you plant, applying 1 pound of 10-6-4 fertilizer for each
100 square feet of planting space. Thoroughly mix the fertilizer with the

Start planting as soon as the soil is dry enough to work in the spring. Plant
the bulbs 4 to 7 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart. Continue planting every
7 to 10 days until early July; this assures a continuous supply of flowers.

When shoots are 6 to 10 inches tall, fertilize the plants with 1 pound of
10-6-4 fertilizer per 100 square feet of space. Water the soil around the
plants every 10 days in dry weather.

In the North, dig the bulbs every year about 6 weeks after the plants have
bloomed. Wash the soil off the bulbs and spread them in a shaded area to dry
for several weeks. In the South, gladiolus are left in the ground for several
years before they are dug.

When the bulbs are dry, separate them by size and keep only those that are
more than 1 inch in diameter. Store them in a well ventilated area at 35 to 45
degrees F.

Lilium Hybrid
Lilium hybrids are among the most beautiful plants grown from bulbs. They have
many forms, heights, flowering times, and colors. The most common types of
lilium hybrids and some of their characteristics are as follows:

Lilium candidum (white madonna lily)QBlooms in June; grows 3 to 4 feet tall;
fragrant flowers; plant in September.

Lilium excelsum (testaceum)Q Blooms in June; grows 5 to 6 feet tall; apricot
flowers; plant in light shade.

Lilium regaleQBlooms in July; grows 3 to 5 feet tall; white or yellow flowers.

Lilium speciosum and auratumQ Blooms in August and September; grows 4 to 6
feet tall; many hybrids between these two types. Upright lilyQBlooms in June;
grows 21/2 feet tall; many hybrids in this group.

Except as shown in the descriptions of the types, plant the bulbs in October
and November in a sunny, well-drained area. Plant them at a depth that is
three times the height of the bulb. Space the bulbs 6 to 18 inches apart
according to the height of the plants.

Water and fertilize the plants at frequent intervals during the growing
season. Use a light ring of 5-10-5 or 10-6-4 fertilizer around each plant. Do
not use high rates of high nitrogen fertilizers.
Remove the seed pods when they appear on the plants in the fall; seeds use up
plant food needed for growth the next year. When the leaves turn yellow, cut
and destroy the stems and foliage.
Leave the bulbs in place for 2 to 4 years. Dig the bulbs in late summer or
fall and replant them as soon as possible; they will not grow successfully if
allowed to dry out excessively in storage.

Keep checking back for more great bulbs to try in your gardens.

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