Having plants come to life in the spring and burst the season into view is one of those little treasures for gardeners. Bulbs are the lifeblood of that idea. Planting spring-blooming bulbs in the fall can make it so much fun when warm weather appears. You'll be able to look out on your garden and see those early blooms peaking through the soil. These tips make it easy to manage in advance.
The key to a beautiful flower garden in the spring is to plan ahead of time. Spring bulbs are those flower bulbs you plant late in the summer, fall, or early winter months to flower in the early warm weeks of spring. Tulips, hyacinths, and irises are just some of the common choices for planting in the fall to create gorgeous flower gardens. These Tips for Planting Spring Bulbs will make your garden spectacular.
Tips for Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs
Plant spring bulbs in the fall when the ground is below 60 degrees. Make sure, however, that it is in advance of the first freeze. This is vital because the ground must still be workable. Check the recommendations for your individual flowers, as many prefer different climates and conditions for planting.
Pick a spot that will not take on standing water. Water is a death sentence for bulbs when it is in large quantities. You need well draining soil that is light and not full of clay. Some gardeners plant these bulbs on slopes and use plenty of sand in the soil to make sure this is not an issue. Mixing in a bit of compost is always a good idea but make certain you mix well.
Bury your bulbs based on the temperature in your zone and the size of the bulbs. The depth should be about two times the size of the bulb on average. A good rule of thumb is eight inches, but certainly, consider the variety before putting them into the ground.
Provide four to six inches between bulbs and always aim the roots down. This is helpful to the bulbs but not absolutely essential. Some folks get confused. If you are unsure about which way, plant them on their sides and they will find the correct way up. Most bulbs have a pointed end and that will point up when you plant them.
Plant your bulbs in areas of direct sunlight when possible. Bulb flowers will do okay in some shade, but they will always do better in the sun. If you have a choice between the two, always pick the sunnier locations.
Spring bulbs are some of my favorite to plant. They are easy to add to the garden after a summer of beautiful blossoms, and the beauty that pops up in the Spring is so rewarding. Plan your garden layout and have fun as you put your Spring bulbs into the ground this fall.