Planting Fall Bulbs – 6 Handy Tips

Welcome to the middle of the week. We hope that you’re having a great week so far. Today, we are continuing our series about fall bulbs and today we’re talking about tips for planting fall bulbs. So, let’s get to it.

Know the Basics of Planting Your Fall Bulbs Correctly

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As you’re planting bulbs, there are several things that you should remember. First of all, make sure that you’re choosing a spot that gets sunlight at least 6 hours per day. For the early bloomers, such as daffodils, they can be planted in spots that receive sun before your trees get their leaves. When the leaves start to sprout and begin to shade the bulb bed, these types of will be nearly done.

The bulbs also will like soil that’s full of compost or organic matter, as well as soil that is well-drained.  Soil that’s soggy or overwatering the bulbs are going to cause rotting. Finally, when you’re for planting, you should plant the bulb 3x the height of the bulb, ensuring your bulbs’ pointy ends are up.

Prepare Your Bed Well

The last thing that you want to do is just dig holes and plant your bulbs. To give your flowers the best chance of growth, make sure that you’re preparing your bed before you plant. This means removing any weeds and loosening up the soil. It’s also a really good idea to put some compost into the soil or sand to provide drainage before planting your bulbs.

Buy Your Fall Bulbs at the Correct Time

This can be really hard, since a lot of stores sell fall bulbs during July and August, since they are trying to get their gardening supplies sold to make room for holiday displays. Because of this, you are going to have to carefully store the bulbs for 1-3 months or you will have to order them online during planting time so that the bulbs you have area fresh and healthy. If you’re stuck buying them way ahead of time, be sure they’re plump and firm, without rot or mold. Leave the bulbs inside their bag, and then put that bag in a paper bag. Therefore, you can store them in the refrigerator without them causing a lot of mess. It’s important to note that if you put them in the fridge they shouldn’t be stored with fruit, since fruit gives off gasses which can make bulbs rot.

Choose the Correct Time for Planting Fall Bulbs

This is going to differ based on the climate. However, it doesn’t matter where you’re located there’s a few ways that you can judge when the time is right for planting the bulbs. Generally, it’s a good idea to plant when the temperatures at night are 40=50 degrees. This is around six weeks before your ground is going to freeze. You also shouldn’t

Make Sure They’re Fall Bulbs

Not all of the bulbs that are available are planted during the fall. Gladiolas and dahlias are planted during springtime, for example. Does the plant flower during the spring? Then it’s a fall planted bulb. Otherwise, you should plant them during the spring. So before you start planting fall bulbs make sure they are actually to be planted in the fall.

Use Fertilizer in the Spring

After you are done planting fall bulbs, your bulbs are going to remain dormant throughout autumn and winter. This means that fertilization isn’t a concern. Wait to do that until you’re seeing their first shoots, since that indicates your plants’ roots have started growing and they’re ready for some nutrients. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you aren’t fertilizing once they’ve started flowering, because this is going to inhibit the growth of the bulb.  

If you are interested, we offer planting fall bulbs as one of our services and we have a great deal going on right now when you order 100 bulbs or more. Contact us to find out more!

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