Planting Bulbs for a Beautiful Spring!
Photo Credit: Centro Garden While the optimal time to plant bulbs is typically in the fall, there is still time to get bulbs in the ground for a beautiful spring! It is cold in many parts of the country right now and thinking about gardening is probably the last thing on your mind. However, if you do a little planning/planting now you will reap large rewards with beautiful blooms. Once you decide that you want to plant bulbs in your garden, you need to be aware of the proper planting techniques and the timing. Planting bulbs in the winter can be difficult, especially if you are not aware of the impact the cold can have on your plants. Analyze the frost: Bulbs need at least a few weeks to develop their root system in the ground before spring. Just because you see frost on the ground does not mean that you’ve missed your time to plant the bulbs. Dig a little bit into the ground with a shovel to see if the soil underneath the top layer has developed frost and ice. If the ground underneath the surface is frozen, store the bulbs until the next winter. If you’re unsure, plant the bulbs anyway and trust their durability. Overall, aim for planting bulbs at least a month before the ground freezes in the later winter months. In some climates, that might mean that you can plant bulbs until the January/February months — for others, it could be in October. Plant the bulbs: Once you’ve pinpointed the right time for planting your bulbs, you’ve done most of the hard work. Use a garden spade instead of a bulb planter to group the bulbs together — flowers look best when they’re planted in groups and grow together. Plant the bulbs in the ground so that the bottom lies at a depth of about 2.5 times the diameter of the bulb. Plant the bulb a bit deeper in sandy soil to avoid rodents from pulling up the bulb. Placing the bulbs into the ground at different depths encourages a layering effect. For example, place large flower bulbs deep into the soil, and smaller flower bulbs an inch or so higher than the lower layer. That way, the flowers grow at the same time. The smaller flowers form a skirt underneath the larger flowers, which appeals to the eye. Photo Credit: Burpee Consider variety: Keep your garden looking beautiful year-round by planting perennial flowers around the bulbs. This strategy maximizes the space so you can achieve the full effect of a blanketing of flowers. Additionally, the bulbs yellow and fade later on, but the perennials will keep thriving to maintain a healthy-looking garden. All gardeners need to take the winter weather into consideration in order to carefully plant successful bulbs. Put in a little love and care when you plant the bulbs, and you’ll see your garden come to life at the end of winter. And with just a little research, all aspiring planters can create an eye-opening flower garden sure to delight guests and residents throughout the spring. Visit our partner "Gardener's Suppy Company" for all your gardening needs.