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Bulbs in the Ground
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

Plant them in the fall, watch them flower in the spring.


Some of the most common flowers that bloom from bulbs in the springtime are crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. Ask your parents if they would like you to plant some for them. These flowers look nicest in clusters: for example, a cluster around the base of a tree or shrub. They don't look as attractive in rows.

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What to Do in the Fall

In the fall buy some bulbs at your garden center. They look a little like onions: dry skin, brown, and round. Ask at the garden center how deep to bury them. At home lay them on the ground where you wish them to go. Then, with a spade or bulb digger, dig a hole for each one and bury it, point up, as deeply as instructed. Cover with soil. That's all you have to do. If you like, you can dig one big hole for all of the bulbs with a shovel instead of individual holes for each bulb.

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What to Do in the Spring

Watch them grow when warm weather comes. Soon they will blossom. Enjoy them.

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What to Do in the Summer

After they have blossomed, the leaves will grow and stay green for a while. Then, gradually, the leaves will turn brown. At this point, you can cut them off. They have finished making food for the bulb and aren't needed anymore. Leave the bulbs underground. Next spring they will bloom again.


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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