Tips for Bulb Planting this Fall

By August 28, 2017 Bulbs, Garden Info, Iris No Comments

Image of Spring FlowerYou can go ahead and plant all of your spring flower bulbs and summer bulbs this fall. That gives them time to establigh a strong root system and ensures a good show next.

Bulbs should be firm and not mushy or rotten—small amounts of surface mold should be okay. If only a small part of the bulb seems to be mushy, try slicing off that part with a knife and stick it in the ground anyway. It’s better to give it a fighting chance than to just assume it’s dead and throw it away.

Image of Bearded Cousins

Earlier to bloom than its Bearded cousins, this Dutch Iris mix sports unbelievably rich colors.

Bulbs that have already sprouted will be vulnerable during the winter, so make sure your bulbs have as little new growth as possible.

Larger bulbs, like tulips, produce bigger plants and tend to come up later in the season than plants from smaller bulbs. Plants with smaller bulbs, like crocus, come up much earlier.

Image of Spring Bulb Garden

The stars of the spring bulb garden, tulips arise in unreal colors!

Most bulbs have traces of roots coming out of one end, which clues you in about how to set them in the planting hole! Always place with roots downward, at a depth of about 4 times the size of the bulb. Too deep is better than too shallow in warm climates; the reverse is true in colder areas.

Happy planting!

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