Looking for tips on planting fall flower bulbs? We’ve got you covered! The sight of tulips and daffodils in early spring can be a welcome reminder that winter’s chill is behind us. AND that the warm weather of summer is just around the corner. But did you know that you need to plant these bulbs in fall? By planning ahead, you can ensure that you have beautiful spring flowers. Even when it’s still cold outside! Read on to learn how to plant flower bulbs in fall for spring gardens.
Planting Fall Flower Bulbs: When to Buy
The number one thing you need to consider when it comes to planting fall bulbs is timing. You don’t want to buy your bulbs too early and then wait until cooler weather approaches to plant them. By doing this, you run the risk of them rotting because they need cool conditions to store properly. Luckily, you can buy Fall Bulbs from GrowJoy, and we will ship them based on the right planting time for your area. Remember that timing is key!
When to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
Another common question is when you should plant them. The best time for planting spring flowering bulbs depends on where you live. In the midwest, you can plant as early as the end of September. While in warmer areas of the country you can plant as late as December. But don’t leave it too late. They need time to develop their roots before winter hits, or they won’t bloom next year. To find out when the right time to plant in your area is, check out our fall bulb planting schedule.
Where to Plant Your Flower Bulbs
Spring flowering bulbs prefer soil with good drainage (excess water can hinder flower bulb growth or even kill them) and lots of sunlight. These bulbs need at least six hours of sun per day, preferably from direct sunlight as opposed to filtered light. Experts recommend that you select a location that’s at least 6 inches away from tree trunks, mulch, or anything else that will block sunlight. Bear in mind, though, that in spring the trees that block light in summer will be bare branched and more light may remain around them. You also want to make sure you’re not planting your bulbs in soil with high pH levels (that means it’s alkaline). You can learn more about the basics of soil pH here. To get an idea of you own soil’s pH, get an inexpensive soil test kit.
Planting Fall Flower Bulbs: How to Prepare Your Planting Bed
Certain bulbs, like tulips, daffodils, allium and others need to be planted in the fall. So, let’s get down to business! You can use most garden beds for planting bulbs but be sure that it drains well and doesn’t have standing water at any point during winter. This means you may need to dig deeper than usual, so your soil does not stay wet all winter long. Consider adding manure or compost if your soil needs some extra nutrients.
How to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
When fall comes, you’ll want to be ready to plant your flower bulbs. Before planting them in your garden, however, there are a few things you should know about them and how they grow. First, it is important that you choose a sunny location for your flower bulb garden. Some bulbs will require more sun than others, so do some research before picking out which flowers you want in your garden. Once you have chosen a place for them in your yard or garden area, add some organic matter such as leaves or grass clippings to help provide nutrients when they come up from underground. Also research the depth at which you should plant your specific fall bulbs. Different bulbs have different depths associated with them Why? Planting the bulbs too deep could cause them to suffocate or rot and planting them too shallow can expose them to damaging cold temperatures throughout winter. When it is time for planting, dig a hole a bit larger than each bulb and fill it with water until just before it starts seeping out of the bottom of the hole.
Flower bulbs are among the most popular fall planting projects for homeowners. Planting fall flower bulbs is a wonderful way to get excited about the upcoming spring season. Thank you for reading, we hope that this blog post has helped you learn more about how to properly plant fall flower bulbs for best results. And make sure you check out our 40+ different Fall Flower Bulbs to help you get started on your early spring blooms today!