There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing flowering bulbs push their way out of the soil in springtime.
To get this gorgeous spring display, you’ll need to plant the bulbs in the fall because these plants need weeks of winter chilling in the ground before they burst into bloom.
And when you plant, you don’t have to plant the bulbs in rows. Try a natural scatter pattern to your flower landscape. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
How to Plant Fall Bulbs:
- Choose a spot in your landscape that is part-sunny and where the soil is well-drained.
- Plant when temperatures are 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, at least six weeks before the ground freezes.
- Gather spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, snow drops, alliums, muscari and crocus. These bulbs are best in the landscape because they return year after year, are well behaved and slowly multiply over the years.
- Loosen soil for planting to 8 feet. Mix in a bulb fertilizer.
- For a natural look, scatter bulbs by tossing them into the air and letting them lie. For impact, plant in clusters. For more texture in the landscape, plant taller bulbs like daffodils behind shorter bulbs like hyacinth and crocus.
- Plant bulbs to a depth according to their size with the pointed side up. Follow directions on the package, but in general, plant them three times as deep as they are high, and space them equally apart. Cover with soil, lightly pressing down.
- Water the newly-planted bulbs. You should not need to water the bulbs again unless you live in an area where you are not experiencing any winter moisture. If so, water occasionally to keep the soil moist while they are growing.
Tip: Rotting bulbs are typically caused by using excessively high-nitrogen fertilizers, overly wet soil conditions, or because bulbs were of poor quality, bruised or cut.