The temperatures are starting to drop and it’s starting to feel more like fall. In other words, a perfect time to plant fall bulbs for spring blooms! Bulbs are that first pop of color in your garden in early spring while other plants are still in dormancy or just beginning to wake up. For the most impact, plant bulbs in groups of 12 or more. Mass plantings of a single color will really create a splash!
When selecting your bulbs look for white, healthy bulbs with a paper covering (similar to an onion’s). Do not purchase bulbs that smell, are mushy or moldy. Remember the BIGGER the BULB the BIGGER the BLOOM!
- Use a shovel to dig a hole to the proper planting depth.
- Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths–plant eight inches deep
- Crocus, Scilla, Grape Hyacinth–plant three inches deep
- Loosen the soil. If your soil is sandy, mix in peat moss or leaf compost with the dirt. For clay soil mix in Earl May Structure.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the hole with Bone Meal (one handful per square foot). Mix well into the soil.
- Spray bulb(s) with Repels-All® Animal Repellent to keep pests clear of newly planted bulbs.
- Place the bulbs firmly in the soil with the pointed end up.
- Hyacinths and Daffodils–five to six inches apart
- Tulips–four to five inches apart
- Crocus, Scilla, Grape Hyacinth–about two to three inches apart
- Cover the bulbs and water them well.
- Cover the soil with two to three inches of mulch in the late fall.