Growing Bulbs in Central Florida

Bulbs can be grown in yards throughout Florida, but they are not the traditional tulips and daffodils you would find in northern climates. Plant your bulbs in sun to partial sun locations in spring, summer, or fall, depending on the type of bulb you are growing.

These caladiums prefer dappled to deep shade. Some will even grow in full sun. They are planted in the ground at Bok Tower Gardens, but will grow well in containers. They die back in the winter, but can be left in the ground to reemerge in the spring. caladiums

Rain lilies will grow both in pots and in the ground – if planted in the lawn, be careful not to cut off the leaves they need to provide energy for the next bloom. The flowers are triggered by the first rain after a dry period, and they will naturalize freely. They prefer sun, but will grow in dappled shade.rain lilies

Easter lilies grow best in dappled shade and rich soil. They will multiply freely if planted in large pots.easter lily

Blood lilies are an old pass-along plant, shared from neighbor to neighbor, although they are occasionally sold in stores. They need deep shade and multiply freely, dying back in the winter. I grow mine in pots to protect them from snails. Watch out for lumber grasshoppers, too.blood lily

These are just a few of our favorite bulbs to grow in Florida, but there are many more.

This blog post was written by Master Gardener Volunteer Celia Beamish under supervision of the Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator and Residential Horticulture Agent Anne Yasalonis.

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Posted: May 29, 2020

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Bulbs, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg

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