Fall-Planted Bulbs Guarantee a Colorful Spring Garden
Flowering fall bulbs have an important energy reserve. Inside each bulb is a reserve of stored energy that helps power the development of roots, shoots, leaves, and flowers. Being so self-sufficient means that flower bulbs don’t have to wait for perfect weather or ideal soil conditions. By nature, they already have what they need to thrive.
Find out why fall bulbs are so easy and rewarding to grow!
Bulbs Are Easy
Planting flower bulbs doesn’t require any special knowledge or experience. Simply plant the bulbs this fall and sit back. When spring arrives, your bulbs will start blooming before anything else in your garden.
Soggy soil can cause flower bulbs to rot, and tulips are especially sensitive to excess moisture. Consider planting tulips in your vegetable garden! The flowers will be finished blooming before it’s time to plant tomatoes, just be careful to not stab the bulbs when planting your veggies!
Bulbs are Bountiful
Some types, such as daffodils and scilla, are reliably perennial. Once established, they will bloom for generations and can multiply to carpet large areas with their cheery blooms. Others, including tulips and hyacinths, are usually treated as annuals, which lets you experiment with new color combinations every year.
Different types of daffodils bloom at different times during the spring. The same is true for tulips and alliums. When purchasing bulbs, check the bloom times so you can enjoy a long season of flowers.
Bulbs are Dependable
Planting can begin as early as September and can continue right through early December. For best results, get your bulbs into the ground at least 3 weeks before the soil begins to freeze. Once planted, the bulbs will quickly develop roots and then go to sleep until spring.
In most areas, the best time to plant spring-blooming bulbs is mid-October through mid-November. Don’t worry if you are running late. Just be sure to get them into the ground by early December.
Bulbs Offer Lots of Choices
When selecting bulbs, be sure to include early, mid, and late-season bloomers. This way you will always have new flowers coming into bloom. Spring-flowering bulbs that are planted in fall include:
Winter Hardy in Growing Zones 4-7
- Dutch Iris
Winter Hardy in Growing Zones 7-10
Winter Hardy in Growing Zones 8-10
Flowering fall bulbs aim to please, and they make it incredibly easy for gardeners to be successful. Simply choose the colors, styles, and combinations you like, tuck the bulbs into the soil, and look forward to months of beautiful spring color.
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