Fall Planting – Springs Flowering Bulbs

Spring flowering blubs, need to ordered, beds dug and amended with compost and fertilizer. It’s nearing the optimum planting time in our northern cool/cold weather states.

Flowering bulb Planting Chart

Garlic while not a flowering spring bulb, needs to be planted when you plant your flowering bulbs. Plant individual cloves 5 or 6 inches deep 4 to 6 inches apart.

Bulb beds ‘Must’ be well drained. Bulbs like damp not wet soil. Bulbs exposed to prolonged periods of wet soil will soon rot in the ground resulting in a waste of both time and money and a failed spring flower garden.

For a longer blooming season, mix your garden with early, middle and late season bloomers. Tulips and other bulbs have very well defined bloom times. A bit of research and planning can keep color in your garden for many weeks. Keep your bulbs cool. If you’ve purchased bulbs early, when you get the best selections, store them in a cool, dark place. A basement or an unheated closet is good choice. Don’t store bulbs in plastic containers. You’ll shorten the life of your bulbs if they aren’t exposed to fresh air. use brown paper bags or boxes. Handle your bulbs gently they are easily bruised and this may cause them to rot in the soil after planting them.

Till your bulb bed soil deep as possible, amending it with peat moss or decomposed compost. Bulbs will grow better in well drained and aerated soil. Grouped, but random. Scatter bulbs randomly in groups of 6 to 18 for the best combination of color and natural appearance. Be sure to maintain the minimum spacing specified on the packaging your bulbs came in.
Proper planting is important. Dig your planting hole to a depth 2 to 2-1/2 times the size of the bulb. When you place your bulb in its hole, remember: roots {large} end down, pointy side up. If you have any doubt, ask for help, plant your bulb sideways it’ll work itself right side up as it grows. LOL… or maybe you should be considering a different hobby!

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8 responses to “Fall Planting – Springs Flowering Bulbs

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  3. A question, from a “black thumb” gardener: When can I cut back the leaves of spring bulb flowers? They end up looking rather unattractive when I leave them, for fear of stunting their growth or bulb propagation for the next spring blooming season.

    Also, if I do not cut the “fern” growth from my asparagus bed at the end of their season, am I doing any harm to them? How long, by the way, can I continue to harvest my asparagus? My gardening sister-in-love has said not to let them grow past the beginning of July, and to cut them back if they started producing in May. I have found that sometoimes when I cut them back at that time, they “come back” and have to be cut back again.

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    • Hi, Thanks for visiting my humble little blog.
      Spring bulbs, bulbs expend a great deal of energy producing flowers. The need their leafs to remain in tact as long as they continue to grow and remain a healthy green color. This allows the developing bulb to store enough food/energy to bring next years flowers. It is safe to remove this growth when the leafs began to wilt, turn yellow and brown.

      Same rule applies to asparagus, healthy top growth is needed for root development to produce next years crops. I recommend you look at my posting about asparagus.
      https://survivalfarm.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/asparagus-plant-once-for-years-of-fine-dining/
      It has a lot of information on planting, growing and harvesting asparagus

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  6. Thanks for your visit to my humble little blog.

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  7. Great post today thanks I really enjoyed it very much.

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