Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs Now
Remember how happy you feel when you see crocus, daffodils and tulips after a long winter? Well now is the time to plant them in your landscape! Planting bulbs is one of the easiest gardening tasks there is, and come springtime you will be thrilled you took the time to dig a few holes, and drop in a few bulbs. There are many varieties and an endless array of colors that give you the freedom to let your imagination run wild! Bulbs need a chilling period and should be planted six weeks before the ground freezes. A rule of thumb is to plant when the average night temperatures drop to 40-50 degrees - usually sometime in October. Design/Planting Tips
- Clusters of at least 15 bulbs (or 35-50 small bulbs) will make the best impact. If they are too spread out, they're still beautiful but they lose some of their appeal.
- Choose a single color, or shades or a color for the strongest color impact.
- Plant in masses rather than single rows.
- Location is important. Bulbs like full sun/part shade and they bloom earlier than any other plant. Remember there are many areas that are full sun before deciduous trees leaf out. There are many, many excellent spots for bulbs!
- Planting in warm, southern exposure can make bulbs bloom to early, leaving the susceptible to spring snow storms.
- Good drainage and good soil are key. Add compost to amend clay soil, and avoid planting in areas where water naturally collects.
- Layer different bulbs together by planting the deepest bulbs first, covering with soil, then planting the smaller bulbs and cover with soil again.