Tips on How to Plant Bulbs Now for Summer Flowers

Renee Valdes
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Learn how to plant bulbs from dahlias to elephant ears for beautiful, long-lasting color in your space.

Dig in now because it’s the best time to plant bulbs for blooms all summer long, whether in flowerpots and window boxes or in the ground. 

For sunny spots or shade, these are the flowers for you. Summer bulbs even work well in containers and many summer flower bulbs last until first frost.

Going deep: Learn How to PLant summer bulbs

Infographic: How to Plant Summer Bulbs

Get the most out of your bulbs:

  • Plant Thomas Edison dahlias indoors six weeks before the last frost or plant outside in full sun to part shade. Dahlias make great cutting flowers.
  • Colorful Caladiums thrive in hot, humid weather in part or full shade. Plant after soil temperatures reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefree Blazing Stars attract butterflies. Plant in areas with full sun to part shade in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. These perennials return again and again.
  • Fragrant Stargazer Oriental Lilies come with six or more blossoms per stem. Plant as soon as soil can be worked in areas with full sun to part shade.
  • Giant Upright Elephant Ears add an exotic look to your outdoor space. Plant indoors two months before the last frost or outside in full sun or part shade after soil temperatures reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Light up your space with Picotee Tuberous Begonias. Start indoors two months prior to the last frost or plant after frost in part shade to shade. 

Read more on tips for planting bulbs and caring for them.

 

 

 

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