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Timely tendings: Plant bulbs now to light up landscape later

It's time to add bulbs to your landscape. Amaryllis bulbs (Hippeastrum spp.) could be called the Florida tulip. They make a striking bloom show in the spring when planted in groups of 10 or more in landscape beds. Remember, when planting amaryllis bulbs, the collar and the very top of the bulb should be above the soil line. Keep the mulch away from the top of the bulb.

Plant crinum or swamp lily bulbs (Crinum americanum) now for spring and summer bloom. Well-suited to hot, dry locations, crinum lilies grow from what are among the largest true bulbs, some weighing more than 40 pounds. Crinums will recover quickly from killing frosts in our area.

Other bulbs to plant now are gladiolus (pictured), lycoris, daylilies and zephyr lilies. Prepare your planting bed with plenty of organic matter such as compost or peat moss. More information is available on the Internet. Bulbs for Florida: edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG029.

. Insects such as hornets, yellow jackets and mud daubers are all wasps. They are generally considered to be beneficial and not pests, because they attack and destroy many harmful insects found around homes and gardens. Hornets and yellow jackets kill such pests as houseflies, blowflies and various caterpillars. Though beneficial, wasps also attack people. They nest above and below ground and some are very aggressive. To control these pests, use a wasp and hornet spray for quick knockdown.

Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and from the Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac. Go to the extension websites at pinellascountyextension.org and hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.

Timely tendings: Plant bulbs now to light up landscape later 10/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 5:30am]

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