Fall Bulbs

Bright Spring Blooms Start in the Fall

After a long cold winter, a colorful bloom of spring flowers is a sight for sore eyes. But if you want the bloom, you’ve got to plant the bulbs. Here are some tips.

How to Select Quality Bulbs: Look for bulbs that are plump and firm. Avoid bulbs that are soft, withered, or growing mold. Look for big bulbs. Typically the bigger the bulb, the bigger the bloom.

Choosing the Best Time to Plant: Spring-blooming bulbs are best planted in the fall. Wait until nighttime temperatures range from 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, but make sure to plant at least 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes.

Planting Tips: Make sure to plant your bulbs at the proper soil depth, usually about 2-3 times deeper than the bulb is tall. Plant bulbs pointy side up, and choose a location with full sun and well-drained soil.

Design Ideas: New to planting bulbs? Consider the following design ideas:

  • When will the bulbs bloom? Different varieties bloom at different times. Read up on the bulbs you’re planting, so you’re not disappointed when your early-season crocuses bloom well before your mid-season tulips.
  • Most bulbs look best when planted in clusters. Irregular groupings create a concentration of color that is more striking than bulbs planted in a straight row. See for yourself. Toss a handful of bulbs onto the ground and plant them where they land.
  • When grouping different bulb varieties, consider the height of the bloom. For best effect, position shorter plants in front and taller plants in back.
  • Consider planting bulbs amongst perennials. As the bulb foliage withers, new growth from perennials or ornamental grasses will conceal the unsightly foliage. This tip will save a lot of time cutting down dead bulb foliage each year.