Planting Spring Bulbs – Now’s the Time!

Published by Bucks Country Gardens in Bucks Country GardensLawn & GardenPlants

The summer season has come to a close, but there’s just one more thing you might want to do before saying “goodbye” to your garden for the winter. Now is the perfect time to plant spring-flowering bulbs. Spring bulbs offer reliable colorful displays just when you need it the most – after those long, cold, and dark winter days. They are relatively effortless to plant, and a little bit of work now will pay off next spring. Some of the most common spring bulbs include:

Daffodils
Tulips
tulips
Hyacinths
hyacinth
Crocuses
Lily of the Valley
Irises
iris

Here are some easy-to-follow steps when planting your spring bulbs:

1. Choose healthy bulbs. Stay away from bulbs that look dried-out or spongy. In this case, bigger is better so the bigger your bulb, the more flowers it should produce.

2. Location, Location, Location! Generally, flowering bulbs prefer full sun; however, a full sun location can be almost anywhere in the spring before the trees begin to bear leaves. Even an area that is typically shaded during the summer months can be a perfect spot for spring bulbs. Make sure that the spot you choose has well-drained soil to prevent your bulbs from rotting over the winter.bulb-depth

3. Plant your bulbs pointed side up. If your bulbs do no have a distinctive pointed side, look for some dried roots. This designates the bottom of the bulb. If you really have a hard time deciding – don’t worry – the stems will eventually find there way to the surface sooner or later.

4. Plant your bulbs at a depth that is about 3 times its diameter. For example, if your bulb is 2 inches in diameter, plant your bulb 6 inches deep.

bone-meal5. Mix some Bone Meal or superphosphate into the bottom of the hole. This will encourage strong root growth and development. For poorer soils, be sure to add some Bumper Crop or a soil amendment to the bottom of the hole to further encourage healthy growth.

6. If you have a problem with rodents digging up your bulbs, try sprinkling a little bit of red pepper into the hole. You can make it completely easy on yourself and just stick to Daffodil bulbs. Most rodents typically stay away from these.

7. Replace the soil on top of your bulbs and water them in. This well help them settle and close up any air pockets. Through the fall and winter, you don’t necessarily have to worry about watering your bulbs unless it is a particularly dry season.

Tips

• Bulbs look best when they are planted in groups or staggered rather than in a symmetrical pattern.  Try digging a large hole and planting many bulbs at once or simply toss your bulbs into the air and plant them where they fall.

• Mark the location(s) of your bulbs so you do not disturb them with other plantings you may do in the spring.

• When your bulbs have finished flowering in the spring, cut the flower stems all the way back but leave the foliage. Spring bulbs need time to photosynthesize and store vital nutrients for the upcoming winter. Simply let the foliage die back naturally.

• If your bulbs begin to get overcrowded, you can divide them; but be sure to do it during their dormancy period. This is typically right after the foliage dies back completely. Act quickly, the dormancy period is brief so you don’t want to wait too long to divide your bulbs.

If you need any further assistance with selecting and planting your spring bulbs, be sure to stop in or give us a call!

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