GROW RARE SEEDS | Bulb Garden Basics

From formal flowerbeds to carefree
cottage gardens and wildflower fields, adding spring flowering bulbs to your design
can take your landscape to greater heights. Whether you’re planning to plant
a great swath of scented hyacinth or a small smattering of dainty daffodils,
here are a few essential gardening tips and tricks to ensure spring bulb success.
Timing. If you want a show-stopping spring bulb garden, the time to design
and dream up your ideal landscape is actually late summer and into fall. For
most climates in the U.S., bulbs like tulips,, hyacinth and daffodils should be
planted in the mid to late fall, where they stay nestled in the ground all
winter, coming to life in the spring, bursting with fabulous color and
fragrance. Purchasing and planning your garden. Spring flowering bulbs will
typically be released for sale in the summertime. This is an ideal time to
start dreaming up ideas and do some research on varieties. For example,
determining whether your tulips will bloom early, mid or late season will help
you to plan your bloom times in harmony with the opening of other flowering
plants in the spring. Figuring out what height the plants will reach at maturity
will help you to decide whether to plant your bulbs in the background or
foreground of bed designs. When to plant. You can start to prepare the planting
bed anytime from late summer to fall. The bed prepping process typically includes
clearing garden space, double digging the soil and amending with well-rotted
compost to provide that rich well-drained soil that bulbs love so
much. Just don’t put those bulbs in the ground until the hot weather has tapered
off and the soil has cooled – or even experienced a light frost – otherwise you
risk the plants sprouting in the fall and dying off over the winter. For many
gardeners, the ideal planting time is October to November.
Timing for southern gardeners. Spring flowering bulbs mostly hail from
regions with a cold winter, so they will require consistently cool winter weather
in order to grow and bloom correctly. This means that southern gardeners in
USDA zone 7 and warmer will have to add one extra step
to their spring bulb planting process: vernalization. This is just a fancy term
for when us gardeners trick bulbs into thinking that they have just experienced
a winter. Place your bulbs in the refrigerator for a few months to mimic a
northern winter. Pull the bulbs from the fridge and plant in the late winter/
early spring. Southern gardeners should also remember to plant in an area with a
bit of shade, preferably avoiding harsh afternoon sun.

4 thoughts on “GROW RARE SEEDS | Bulb Garden Basics

  1. Here in the North, it's also recommended to put chicken wire over the area where you planted your bulbs so the squirrels don't dig them up.

  2. I live in HOT HOT Georgia.. grew up in europe and really miss the bulbs. Your suggestion to store the bulbs in the fridge and put them out early next year was so awesome! Thank you.

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