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Question: why don't my bulbous flowers bloom?
Why don't my bulbous flowers bloom? I live in a small villa near the sea (in Taranto) and I could think of the effect of the saltiness, but those of the neighbors bloom! Not too much or too little. What to do?
Bulbs without flowers: Answer: how to grow bulbous plants
Dear Maria Raffaella,
bulbs are generally plants that bloom easily, often even when grown in a way that is not exactly ideal; from your mail yes, you can guess that, although they don't produce flowers, your bulbs produce leaves, which you water, even if you don't tell us what bulbs it is.
Since those of your neighbors bloom without problems, I can exclude some causes: some bulbous plants, such as tulips and daffodils, must pass at least some "winter" months, in the sense that if they do not live in winter in a cool and dry place, they are not in able to understand that spring has arrived, and therefore tend not to bloom; but if your neighbor has tulip flowers in the garden, then the climate is not wrong.
In the same way, if your bulbs produce only leaves, but not flowers, the bulbs are definitely vital, otherwise they would not even produce the leaves.
Do not tell us how long they have been at home, consider that some bulbous plants can also be propagated by seed, but the young bulbs, very small ones, can take up to three years before becoming of sufficient size to have enough excess nutrients to bloom.
Another reason why bulbs do not flower could be exposure: bulbous plants love direct sunlight in spring, which strongly stimulates flowering; so if you have prepared the flowerbed in a dimly lit area, or in the shade, your bulbs will rarely bloom, it is better to wait until autumn, uproot them and move them to the sun; ideal, since you live in an area with very hot summers, it would be to place them in a flowerbed at the foot of a tree or a shrub with deciduous leaves, in this way they will have shading in the warm months, sun in winter and at the beginning of spring.
The bulbs are very particular plants, since they collect the nutrients inside them that will be used to produce flowers the following year; the nutrients are produced through chlorophyll photosynthesis, therefore the plants prepare themselves for the following year's flowering, producing a beautiful head of lush green leaves; if for some reason you often clean the flowerbeds, cutting the leaves of the bulbous plants when they are still in full vegetation, well, lower the probability that your bulbs produce large and colorful flowers.
Even bulbous plants kept too stacked, or in pots with little soil, tend to bloom little or nothing, because they have no way to grow sufficiently; then try to uproot them and spread them in a very large area, and when there are leaves, water every time the soil is dry, and every 15 days you also supply a fertilizer. At some point in the spring the leaves will naturally begin to dry up, suspend the watering and cut the leaves too; you will start taking care of the bulbs the next spring, when they will sprout.