Gorgeous flowers and certain vegetables require some planning to grow. Plants with bulbs often need to be planted the previous fall to enjoy the bounty the next year. If you want many of the favorite spring flowers or hardy plants like garlic, you need to plan ahead and plant in the fall. Why do bulbs need to be planted so early? For many, it is because they need a cooling time in the ground before they will sprout. While they may begin to grow roots quickly after being planted, they stay dormant through the winter until they begin flowering in the spring. Here is a breakdown of bulbs that need fall planting and the best way to ensure they thrive next year.
You can buy new bulbs to plant or use bulbs from existing plants to create new plants for the following year. You will want to dig up existing plants and let the bulbs dry for a few weeks before replanting.
Tips for Planting Bulbs
While many bulb plants need to be planted in the fall, the best month depends on the region where you live. Colder regions may need to plant in early fall, while warm regions may need to wait until late fall. In areas without any frost or cold weather, it may be necessary to plant bulbs in container and keep in a refrigerator for several weeks to create a “winter” cooling period. Most bulbs should be planted about 6-8” deep with fertilizer for the best results.
Not sure when to plant your favorite bulbs? Contact your landscaper and ask about planting a bulb garden this fall.
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