How to: Plant Bulbs… When and What to Plant

When to plant bulbs depends on when you want your flowers to bloom. If you want spring blooming bulbs, you plant them in September through November or when the soil temperatures have cooled down. Ideally is just before the first frost of the winter season. Some common spring blooming bulbs would be tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, iris, lilies, canna, and bluebells, to name a few. If you want to see blooms in the summer, plant your bulbs in late spring or after the danger of frost has passed. Some common summer blooming bulbs are gladiolas, dahlia, calla lilies, daffodils, canna, caladium and copper tips.

Why do you follow these steps?

It is important to plant spring blooming bulbs in the fall or early winter because the bulbs require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the biochemical processes that make them bloom. Summer bulbs do not require as long of a period of cool temperatures.

Finishing thoughts:

Planting bulbs can be extremely rewarding. With a little planning ahead of time, and not too much work, your flower garden can bring much joy to your life.

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