Fall Planting Bulbs For Spring Blooms is a simple way to rejuvenate your garden. Success is guaranteed, because anyone can do this and look forward to a following spring filled with flowers of stunning colours, shapes and sizes. Daffodil, tulip, hyacinth, crocus and allium are popular choices of bulbs.
How & When to Plant Bulbs
Bulbs can be planted between September and mid-October when there is still plenty of time to develop a good set of roots to withstand an approaching frost. Bulbs need well-drained soil rich with organic matter or compost.
Bulbs need to be planted at least three times as deep as the bulb is tall, with the nose facing up and the roots or root hairs pointing down. Once they are in the ground and watered a bit, they stay dormant for the remainder of the fall and winter.
The first emerging shoots in spring indicate that the roots are growing and are ready for nutrients. Not all bulbs should be planted in the fall. The rule of thumb is: Bulbs for spring – plant in fall. Bulbs for summer – plant in spring.
Popular Choices Of Bulbs For Spring Blooms
▲ Double Daffodil (Narcissus Tahiti)
Daffodil, a member of the amaryllis family also commonly known as Narcissus. This plant has a conspicuous six petal flower with a trumpet-shaped corona. Garden varieties generally occur in colours of white, yellow, orange or pink. The genus is generally considered to have about ten sections with approximately 50 species.
▲ Parrot Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana var. dracontia)
Tulip, a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes. Generally bereft of scent, they are the coolest of floral characters. The flowers are usually large, showy and brightly coloured, generally red, pink, yellow, or white. They often have a different coloured blotch at the base of the tepals, internally.
▲ Hyacinths (Hyacinthus)
Hyacinth produces barrel-shaped flower heads consisting of dozens of florets with richly coloured flowers and an incredible fragrance that can perfume an entire garden. Hyacinths bloom at the same time as daffodils and early tulips, and come in a rainbow of colours including white, cream, pink; Rose, apricot, lavender, cobalt; Blue, deep purple and wine red.
▲ Crocus chrysanthus “Snow Bunting”
Crocus is a member of the iris family with about 80 species and many cultivates, originally native to Southern Europe and Asia. They are one of the first flowers to bloom each spring often when there’s still snow on the ground. Crocus flowers come in Easter egg colours of purple, yellow, lavender, cream and white. Over time, these carefree bulbs will naturalize and multiply to produce more flowers every year.
▲ Drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon)
Allium is a member of the onion family. They are a garden’s superstar with their large globes made up of hundreds of tiny florets. Colours typically range from shades of pink or purple, but also available in creamy white and yellow. Allium’s odor and taste make them an ideal deterrent for creatures like rabbits, deer, and other browsing animals. Easy to grow and care for, allium is a great choice for every gardener.
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