Nights are getting longer, temperatures are dropping, and nearly all of your summer produce has been harvested. Autumn might be the time of year for cleaning up yards and getting ready for the holidays but this is also the perfect time to ensure that when spring comes you’ll have a beautiful flower garden right in your own home. The best part is choosing your favorite flowers from among all of the varieties and colors. Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth, Freesia, Allium, Iris, and Bluebells are all fall bulb varieties you can start planting now.
Here are some tips for gorgeous spring flowers from fall bulbs:
Bigger is Better – at least when planting bulbs. Look for firm, large bulbs with no mushy or soft spots and no signs of mold. Bigger bulbs typically will bloom more than smaller bulbs of the same type.
Prepare your Bulbs – Most spring bulbs actually need the cold, winter months to ensure blooming. This means if you live in a warmer climate, you need to keep them in the refrigerator for six to ten weeks before planting to “pre-chill” them in order to get the best blooms. Just keep them away from your fruit to avoid spoiling them in the fridge.
Plant Wisely - Bulbs need quality soil with good drainage. This makes raised bed gardening great for growing spring flowers. Compost that’s rich with organic materials will help your plants get what they need to produce.
Sunny Days - Plant in a spot with at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
Dig Deep – most bulbs need to be planted in a hole at least two to three times deeper than the bulb is tall. It is always a good idea to check the planting directions that came with the bulbs and follow those.
Direction Matters – you can’t just drop bulbs in the ground and expect them to grow. The bulbs must be positioned correctly with the roots down and the top up. For most bulbs the top is the pointy end.
Mulch for the Winter – Mulch will help keep weeds from growing around your flowers and add a layer of protection for the cold winter months. If you have issues with critters in your yard you might want to add a layer of chicken wire as well to protect the bulbs until after they’ve started to grow.
Following these tips all you have to do next is enjoy the holidays, add some fertilizer in the early spring, and you’ll be enjoying beautiful blooms throughout the spring. There’s really nothing better than fresh flowers straight out of your own garden. Grow your own.
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