When to Plant Bulbs

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 16, 2014)

If you are looking for some plants which will allow you to get by with only the minimum amount of work, then you can't really go wrong with bulb plants. However, the trick is when you should plant the bulbs so that you can get the best results. Figuring out when to plant bulbs isn't particularly difficult. There are usually only two types of bulbs that you can plant, those that are supposed to bloom in the spring, and those that are supposed to bloom during the late summer and early fall months.

  • Types of bulbs. When picking the bulbs that you are going to plant, you need to make sure that you are picking those that are healthy, and in the best condition. If you come across any bulbs that are particularly dry, or that appear withered or desiccated, then you need to get a different bulb. In addition, if you want to have a lot of flowers, then you should choose as large of a bulb as you can find.
  • Location. While choosing a particular location isn't overly important for most kinds of bulbs, the right location can ensure that you have some truly spectacular looking flowers. Generally speaking, one of the biggest things that you will need to keep an eye out for is a location that has plenty of sun. In truth, blooming bulbs simply love the sun, so if you can find a location that will provide full sunlight for around 8 hours a day, then you should be off to a good start.
  • Preparation. The soil that you are planting your bulbs into need to be worked so that the soil is nice and loose. This will make the soil a lot easier to work with, and also make it easier to add some organic materials for any flower beds that haven't been established before. If you do need to add some organic materials, then try to stick with compost or peat moss. Always plant the bulbs with the pointy side up. This will allow the bulb's flower an easier time when growing.
  • Timing. If you are planting some spring blooming flowers, then you need to plant the bulbs in the ground at the time of the first fall frost. The average temperature at this time should be between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. When planting fall blooming plants, you need plant them around the time of the last frost of the year. Once again, the temperature should be between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Lee Wyatt

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