Time to plant bulbs for blazing spring colors! Plant from mid-September to late October so your bulbs establish roots before the soil freezes.
Coordinate bloom times, bloom sizes, and bloom heights to ensure an interest and colorful spring garden.
Bulbs will do best in full sunlight with a gentle slope for good drainage. Fort Collins soil can be improved with soil amendments from our garden center. Planting depth varies, but a good rule of thumb is three or four times the diameter of the bulb, with the tip of the bulb facing upwards.
Mulching bulbs provides a consistent soil temperature and preserves soil moisture throughout the winter. Then cover bulbs with several inches of mulch then remove and spread about the bed in April.
Talk to one of our garden coaches for further advice!
References
“Bulbs for Fall Planting” by Loni Gaudet.
http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/bulbs-for-fall-planting/
“Bulb Planting and Care”, Van Bloem Gardens
http://www.vanbloem.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/bulbs.care/index.htm