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Planting Bulbs: Is it too late?

Seeding Roots Blog Post Is it too late to plant bulbs.
Seeding Roots Blog Post Is it too late to plant bulbs.

Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are sturdy and can withstand the colder climate when planted. Therefore, to have a beautiful spring bloom, it is best to plant your bulbs when the weather cools and the evenings are on average, 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

In fact, according to Garden Design, it is best to plant these bulbs four to six weeks before the ground freezes. So, depending where you live, the timing can range from November through January for best results. Refrigerating your bulbs can help preserve them while waiting for the ideal time to plant.

Summer Bulbs

Summer bulbs, also known as tender bulbs are more temperamental and thrive in warmth when planted. Therefore, these bulbs should be planted toward the end of spring. Many will bloom at the onset of summer while others will bloom toward mid to late summer.

Types of Spring Flowers

There is a beautiful assortment of spring flowers that not only include the obvious such as tulips. Consider growing a variety of flowers including, but not limited to:

  • Daffodils

  • Primrose

  • Snowdrops

  • Crocus

  • Hyacinth

  • Forget-me-nots

  • Wildflowers

  • Camellia

  • Pansy

  • Chionodoxa

Types of Summer Flowers

Like spring flowers, there are a myriad of summer flowers including:

  • Gladiolus

  • Lilies

  • Caladiums

  • Elephant Ears

  • Dahlias

  • Lotus

  • Oxalis

  • Perennial Hibiscus

  • Peonies

  • Pansies

  • Roses

Location, Location, Location

STOP! Before planting, decide on your arrangement. Just like arranging fresh flowers, it is important to consider how you might want your garden to look. Think about which flowers blend well with each other, the height difference, allowing taller flowers to be behind smaller blooms, and clustering your flowers providing a strong visible impact.

Bulbs need lots of sunlight, water, and a strong drainage system (if planting in pots). So, be thoughtful about where in your garden you can ensure proper sunlight and watering.

How to Plant for Optimal Results

There are a few factors to follow when planting bulbs, according to Garden Design. Some factors include:

  1. Planting the bulb about two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. This will ensure that the bulbs will bloom at the optimal time. If too deep, they may not bloom at all, and if too shallow, they will bloom early, but might not withstand the season.

  2. Loosening the soil and adding nutrients and bulb fertilizer for best results (your package will provide more specific instructions).

  3. Planting the pointy-side up (roots down).

  4. Cover the soil with some mulch.

  5. Watering the bulbs right away and daily.

Please share your pictures of your garden and any advice you have for planting bulbs!

Enjoy your blooms!


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