<p>by Heather<\/p>Picking out the types and colors of <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs?planting_time=spring-summer" target="_blank">summer blooming bulbs<\/a> is the fun part! Keeping them happy and thriving is the hard part but it doesn\u2019t have to be. In fact, with a few easy tips, you can have beautiful summer blooming bulbs that last for an entire season.\u00a0<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Canna_Black_Night_-_Robert_G._Bowers_-_Williamsport_PA.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-7845 aligncenter" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Canna_Black_Night_-_Robert_G._Bowers_-_Williamsport_PA-1024x768.jpg" alt="Canna_Black_Night_-_Robert_G._Bowers_-_Williamsport_PA" width="580" height="435" \/><\/a>\r\n<h2>Fertilize<\/h2>\r\nWhen growing summer blooming bulbs it's important to give them the specific nutrients they need. Since they all require different fertilizing needs as an overview its best to fertilize in late spring. Be careful not to over fertilize, as you will get beautiful green foliage plants but no blossoms. We recommend an organic fertilizer that is slow releasing. \u00a0Apply fertilizer to the soil when planting and re- apply around the plant to prevent burning. We went into specifics below on how to encourage growth and blossoms for the most common summer blooming bulbs.\r\n\r\n<strong><a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/04\/CallaAnneke4.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-6410 size-thumbnail alignnone" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/04\/CallaAnneke4-150x150.jpg" alt="Zantedeschia Anneke" width="150" height="150" \/><\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Calla Lilies -\u00a0<\/strong>\u00a0Before planting\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/calla-lily-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">calla lily<\/a> bulbs mix a 20-20-20 fertilizer (or as similar as possible)\u00a0in the soil. \u00a0Once planted, fertilize as the plant breaks the ground, and re-apply every 2 weeks for 8 weeks. Once it starts blooming stop fertilizing. If the leaves on the plant have very dark tips, cut back on the fertilizer. Add coffee grounds between fertilizing rounds around the base of the plants to encourage growth. Calla lilies like acidic soil and coffee grounds add\u00a0acidity.\r\n\r\n<strong><a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Canna_Orange_Magic_383x480_72_RGB.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-7858 size-thumbnail alignnone" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Canna_Orange_Magic_383x480_72_RGB-150x150.jpg" alt="Canna_Orange_Magic_383x480_72_RGB" width="150" height="150" \/><\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Canna Lilies -<\/strong> When planting <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/canna-lily-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">Canna lily<\/a>\u00a0rhizomes into a garden or container add 12-4-8 fertilizer to the soil. (Check fertilizer for instructions on amounts).\u00a0Make sure to mix fertilizer into the soil and then add plants. Fertilize once a month beginning one month after planting. Once Canna Lilies are established add 5-10-5 fertilizer to the soil until late summer. \u00a0Fertilizing to late in the summer encourages tender new growth that is more susceptible to cold damage.\r\n\r\n<img class=" wp-image-7849 size-thumbnail alignnone" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Dahlia_Fire_Pot__2__576x720_72_RGB-150x150.jpg" alt="Dahlia_Fire_Pot__2__576x720_72_RGB" width="150" height="150" \/>\r\n\r\n<strong>Dahlias - <\/strong><a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/dahlia-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">Dahlias <\/a>tubers are easy to grow and to take care of. \u00a0Plant dahlia tubers with bone meal. Make sure to mix the bone meal into the soil before planting the tuber. \u00a0Once dahlias are planted, and the first flower bud appears on the plant, apply a low nitrogen fertilizer (5-10-10) to soil. \u00a0Usually within 30 days of being planted. \u00a0One application of fertilizer is usually adequate if the plants are in rich, fast draining soil.\r\n\r\n<img class=" wp-image-6725 size-thumbnail alignnone" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/10\/caladium-tapestry-150x150.jpg" alt="caladium-tapestry" width="150" height="150" \/>\r\n\r\n<strong>Caladiums\u00a0- <\/strong><a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/caladium-bulbs" target="_blank">Caladiums<\/a> don't require any\u00a0special growing fertilizer when they are first planted. \u00a0Once they are established and growing, fertilize every four to six weeks throughout the growing season with 5-10-10 fertilizer. To prevent burning try not to place fertilizer on the leaves of the caladiums.\r\n\r\n<strong><a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Oriental_Lily_Stargazer__6__386x480_72_RGB.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-7861 size-thumbnail alignnone" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Oriental_Lily_Stargazer__6__386x480_72_RGB-150x150.jpg" alt="Oriental_Lily_Stargazer__6__386x480_72_RGB" width="150" height="150" \/><\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Lily Bulbs\u00a0-<\/strong> Plant <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/lily-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">Lily bulbs<\/a> in the garden or in containers. \u00a0Plant bulbs with a top dressing of slow release fertilizer like fish emulsion, worm castings and \u00a0or compost tea to promote growth. Once growing and buds appear on the lily, feed with high phosphorus food, or bone meal to encourage\u00a0long lasting and\u00a0larger blooms. Fertilize in limited amounts, as to much fertilize will have the opposite effect and cause less blooms and green foliage.\r\n\r\n<strong><a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2013\/05\/HP-Image.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-5685 size-thumbnail" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2013\/05\/HP-Image-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" \/><\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Gladiolus\u00a0- <\/strong> When planting <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/gladiolus-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">gladiolus bulbs<\/a> mix a\u00a05-10-10 or 5-10-5 fertilizer to\u00a0the soil. Before planting the corms, put a layer of non fertilizer soil with the bulb. \u00a0Once the gladiolus start to grow, apply granular fertilizer to the base of the plants. \u00a0Once they start to bloom, there is no need to fertilize anymore. \u00a0Its important to read how much fertilizer to apply and how frequently.\r\n<h2>Promote Endless Blooms<\/h2>\r\nThe picture below, you will see beautiful pink dahlias, but there are some brown passed blossoms. To promote the dahlia to bloom more, it require some trimming. This technique is called\u00a0\u201cdead heading.\u201d This simple pinching technique is used to discard older blooms that have passed. You can use your fingers to gently pinch off older blooms, or if you prefer to cut the dead materials you can use<a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/gardening-tools-accessories\/hand-tools\/softouch-micro-tip-pruning-snips" target="_blank"> floral snips<\/a>. The best way to dead head summer blooming bulbs is to cut the old blossoms close to the newest growth of the plant. By trimming out the old blossoms, it tells the plant to stop sending energy to the dead blossom and it will promote new buds to appear. Therefore creating the allusion that you have endless blooms! Dahlias, begonias, cannas and callas are examples of summer blooming bulbs that require dead heading.<img class="aligncenter wp-image-7843 " src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Dahlia_Bed_-_Erin_Morrissette_-_October_1__7_-1024x768.jpg" alt="Dahlia_Bed_-_Erin_Morrissette_-_October_1__7_" width="567" height="425" \/>\r\n<h2>Water as Needed<\/h2>\r\nSummer blooming bulbs require all different levels of watering needs. \u00a0Some plants will give warning signs if they need more or less water. \u00a0<img class="alignright wp-image-7874 " src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/05\/Planting_DahliaTuber__3_-245x300.jpg" alt="Planting_DahliaTuber__3_" width="157" height="192" \/>Some of the sign are: If a summer blooming plant is lacking water, the ends of its leaves will start to show a brown crispy edge and may turn yellow. To little water for plants means its not getting the nutrients it needs from the water or soil. Some plants won\u2019t flower as vibrant or as long if under watered. If a plant goes limp and some of the foliage is slimy, it is a sign its being over watered. \u00a0Some summer blooming plants examples of water needs are:\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/begonia-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">Begonias<\/a> and Caladiums need the perfect mix, not flooded or bone dry. Canna Lilies grow the best with a good supply of water.\r\n<h2>Give Support<\/h2>\r\nAfter all this hard work, the last thing you want to have happen, is to loose all the beautiful blooms you have worked so hard for! Some summer blooming bulbs like dinner plate dahlias and gladiolus could use some support. Place a stake or a type of support trellis near the plant and tie up with non abrasive twine to prop weaker stems. This allows plants to keep blooming and to grow strength to support themselves.\r\n\r\nWith all these tips and guidance, we hope to see you out in the garden or relaxing enjoying your blooms! Share with us on <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/begonia-flower-bulbs" target="_blank">facebook<\/a>\u00a0we would love to see all your hard work.