As we see the last vestiges of winter chill dissipate and signs that spring is near, the time to think about what’s next for your flower bulbs is here. Some varieties may have been planted in the fall that should begin to pop up as the weather warms. Others may be planted in the early spring for summer flowering.
In either case, the joys of gardening begin anew.
Spring Bulb Planting
Bulbs planted in the fall that begin to come forth early include tulips, crocuses, daffodils, and others. However, whether we neglected to do that planting last year or want to supplement the glory of previous plantings, spring bulbs can bring added pleasure.
Whether in a container garden or positioned among the rest of your plantings, spring bulbs bring an extra measure of color and beauty to your landscape while summer approaches. Bulbs available for spring planting in most zones can provide virtually the entire spectrum of color and texture.
Landscape professionals or nursery experts can advise which options work best in your area and soil types.
Spring flower bulbs can yield blooms as early as late spring and early summer.
Here are some examples to consider:
- Dutch Windflowers
- French Anemone
- Grecian Windflowers
Early Summer Blooms
- Canna Lilies
- Foxtail Lilies
- Christmas Bells
- English Iris
- Mountain Bells
- Asiatic Lilies
- Dutch Iris
Bulbs of the prior year can be lifted in the fall, dried and stored for spring planting. These should not be stored in plastic because living organisms must be allowed to breathe.
Planting Spring and Early Summer Flowering Bulbs
- The first consideration is to purchase quality bulbs that are not withered, moldy or dried out. Usually, the more substantial bulbs will produce more flowers, although the smaller ones will increase production over the coming years.
- Find a well-drained location that gets lots of sunlight in the early months of spring and early summer. Remember that trees have not developed their summer foliage yet, so more areas are suitable than you may think.
- Always plant with the pointed side up since this end will become the stem.
- Plant bulbs to a depth of approximately three times their length.
- Amend the soil with bone meal or a water-soluble fertilizer and water.
If you have questions regarding spring bulb planting, always consult your local professional to ensure best results.