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All About Flower Bulbs: Infographic

Spring has sprung and we're ready to enjoy a beautiful spring garden! From tulips to daffodils, so many of our favorite flowers come in bulb form, but how much do you really know about bulbs? We often hear questions about when to plant bulbs, how to care for bulbs, and simply what IS a flower bulb? We put together this infographic to give you a comprehensive guide on bulb facts, bulb types, bulb care, and more, with a focus on sprouted bulbs which you can buy from 1-800-Flowers! Best of all, sprouted bulb plants can be enjoyed both indoors and out- so there's no need to wait until the last frost has passed. Let's get into it so you can enjoy your flower bulbs for as long as possible!

Get the Dirt on Bulbs

Popular Types of Sprouted Bulbs

  1. Tulips
  2. Daffodils
  3. Crocus
  4. Hyacinths
  5. Paperwhites
  6. Amaryllis

Bulbs Types

True Bulbs




Rounded with a flat
bottom and made up
of rings inside.

i.e. tulips, daffodil, hyacinth

uniform and
contain no rings.

i.e. crocus, gladiola

Have no tunic or
basal plate with
several growing

i.e. dahlia

Stem that grow
sideways rather
than up.

i.e. lily of the valley

Sprouted Bulbs

Sprouted bulbs are a bulb that has already begun to grow. Bulbs are usually planted in the fall, but sprouted bulbs can be planted in the spring.

Smallest Bulbs &
Earliest Bloomers

Most only grows 4-6 inches tall!

Longest Lasting and
Hardiest Bulbs

Tulips & Daffodils.

Tallest Bulbs

Lilies. Easily reaching heights of 8 feet, with some varities reaching heights of 20 feet tall.

Most Common Bulb
Plants are Perennials

Perennials will continue to bloom for a minimum of three years without repeated planting or work, as opposed to annuals which need to be replanted every year.


Hardy bulbs like crocuses and tulips are left in the ground year-round, while tender bulbs like irises must be dug up in cold climates.

Caring for Sprouted Bulbs

  • Sprouted bulbs have a 1- to 2-inch tip of growth visible when they arrive. They should bloom in 2 to 4 weeks, and continue to bloom for at least three years with more.

  • Before planting, sprouted bulbs should be watered and placed in a bright location at room temperature to encourage growth.

  • Can be planted outdoors after they have bloomed as long as the soil is easily worked and the last frost has passed.

  • Will do best in soil that is well drained, particularly when planted in bright or sunny locations.

  • Smaller sprouted bulbs are usually kept in pots, such as the Paperwhite.

  • Go dormant in temperatures less than 40 degrees, and will sprout slowly around 50 degrees.