Flower Bulbs That Produce Red or Orange Flowers

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Flower Bulbs That Produce Red or Orange Flowers
Flower bulbs that produce orange and red flowers are plentiful. (red canna image by mefanti from Fotolia.com)

Many flower bulbs produce red or orange flowers -- some more popular than others. These bulbs can grow into useful houseplants, as the red and orange flowers can draw the eye to them, making them a focal point indoors or out.

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Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a popular flower bulb for forcing indoors during the holiday season. Amaryllis bulbs hail from South Africa and are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 7B, according to the Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Grow them in full sun or a bright window, keep the soil moist and fertilise them only during active growth.

Flower Bulbs That Produce Red or Orange Flowers
A deep red amaryllis flower just opening. (Amaryllis image by Keith Pinto from Fotolia.com)

Crocosmia

Native to southern and tropical Africa, Crocosmia is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10. Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is the most popular variety, according to Washington State University Clark County Extension. Grow it in full sun in moist, slightly acidic soil.

Flower Bulbs That Produce Red or Orange Flowers
A field of crocosmia flowers. (crocosmia image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Tulip

Thousands of varieties of tulips exist, thanks in part to "tulip mania" in 1636 and 1637, according to Washington State University Clark County Extension. These bulbs are native to the Asia and Mediterranean region, but it was the Dutch who made the tulip so popular. The trick to getting tulips to naturalise is excellent drainage. Plant tulips in sandy soil and improve drainage by positioning the bulb on crushed stone.

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