Fall is the time for planting bulbs that bloom in the spring. Who can deny the joy of seeing spring’s first flowers of tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, and crocus? There are many varieties of bulbs and these flowers are perennials which means they will be back every year.
We have bulbs still in our yard that was planted over twenty years ago and are still coming up every year, even though the garden they were planted in is long since gone. Planting bulbs is fairly easy and the rewards far outweigh the work and since they are perennials, you only have to do it once.
Check the specifications on your bulbs to find out when the best time is to plant them in the ground. Most spring flowers should be planted in the fall before. You’ll want to spade up the area you will be planting in to be sure the soil is loose and there are no rocks to block the growth of your bulbs. Organize your bulbs to decide what your color scheme will be.
You can use pieces of colored tape to mark your bulbs so that they do not become mixed up with each other. Dig down about ten inches, an area large enough to place your bulb in. Sprinkle some fertilizer or plant food into the hole and cover it with some dirt, bulbs prefer sandy dirt but usually grow well in most soils. Do not put the bulb in direct contact with the fertilizer.
Check the packaging on your bulbs. Be sure you do not put the bulbs in the ground upside down when you place them into the hole. Cover the bulbs with soil and water them.
There really isn’t much else to do until spring when you see your new plants start to sprout and then you may want to add more plant food from time to time and give your plants the proper amount of water they require, depending upon the variety of bulb.
Enjoy your new flowers year after year!