Fall Bulb Planting for Spring Blooms
Cool weather is slowly approaching, and I cannot be more excited! It is time to start planting bulbs! For those of you who have never worked with bulbs or were too scared to start, I hope my tips and tricks will prepare you for beautiful blooms to come in the spring.
The first thing you need to know is that there are two different seasons for bulbs, spring-blooming and summer-blooming bulbs. We will be planting spring-blooming bulbs because as the temperatures start to cool in September and October, the soil reaches perfect conditions for the bulbs to take. Summer-blooming bulbs are to be planted in the spring once the soil has warmed! While these tender bulbs bring us elephant ears and oriental lilies, the hardy, spring-blooming bulbs produce the bright petals of tulips, daffodils, dahlias, and many more! Click here to purchase your spring-blooming bulbs.
The first step in planting is to find an area that will provide drainage and plenty of sunlight. You can plant your bulbs in a slightly shady area, but they will most likely only last for the first bloom and will not carry onto the next spring. The soil is the most important part in getting your beauties to bloom! The soil should be slightly sandy or loamy ( ideal plant growing medium ) to make certain the bulbs will not become mushy from excess trapped moisture.
Bulbs should be planted 2 to 3 times deeper than the bulb is tall, but also check the planting instructions because every plant has slightly different rules. Plant with the roots facing downward, pointed end up. If you cannot determine which side goes downward, the great thing about bulbs is that you can plant it sideways, and it will still find its way to the surface, blooming upright. Cover the bulb with soil and a light layer of mulch, watering it well. Now all you have to do is wait! After the cold winter months, you will be happily surprised when your bulbs come up in the spring!
Send me pictures of you preparing your spring-blooming babes and keep me updated when they bloom!! Happy Gardening!