Fall is busy, so why not make gardening easy! Plant your bulbs in the fall and let nature do the work. Fall bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are super easy to plant. Arguably the hardest part of planting them is designing your flower bed and remembering what and where you already planted!
Fall bulbs should be planted once the ground is cool, roughly averaging 40-50 degree temperatures in the evening or about 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes. The nice part of planting bulbs is even if you’re running behind the usual schedule, as long as the ground is workable, you can still plant!
Bulbs can be used to brighten up your flower beds, around your mailboxes, or even planted under hostas. If you want to be surprised come spring, order one of our mystery bags or visit our store and choose for yourself!
A few things to keep in mind; most bulbs like sunny to partially shaded areas. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the area gets at least 6 hours of sun. Early blooming bulbs, like daffodils, can be planted in areas that will become more shaded later in the spring when trees grow leaves since they will be almost done flowering by that time.
If deer or other critters are a problem, try planting daffodils! Squirrels, deer, rabbits, and chipmunks are not fans of this fall bulb and will likely leave it and any surrounding bulbs alone.
Bulbs prefer well draining soil. You will want to make sure to dig and loosen the soil up to make it workable to a depth of at least 8”. Adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss is a good idea if you’re planting in an area that isn't well established or if the soil lacks nutrients.
After you’ve prepared the soil and you know where you want the different bulbs to go, it’s time to plant! If the packaging on the bulb doesn’t tell you how deep to plant it, a good rule to follow is 2-3 times as deep as the bulb is tall. Daffodils and tulips should be 6-8” deep while hyacinths should be about 4-6” deep. Place the bulb pointy side up, and if you can’t tell which side is pointy, plant the bulb on its side- most times it will still find its way to the surface just fine. Cover the bulb with soil, packing it slightly, and water well. Remember the water needs to soak into the soil down to the bulb in order for it to benefit.
Don’t have much space? Don’t fret. You can plant bulbs in pots or containers too. Fun fact- you can actually layer bulbs! Just plant later blooming bulbs at the bottom (tulips) and earlier blooming bulbs above (hyacinths). This is a good way to get the most out of available container space and have flowers blooming all spring long!
Excited to see the spring in bloom? Check out our Retail Store for a wide selection of fall bulbs!