Gardening Tips and Highlights

Bulb Planting

Fall allows a “second season” of planting for spring blooming bulbs. Planting in the fall allows a jumpstart to spring growth. The cool weather helps to make a more enjoyable experience for working outside in the garden and requires less watering. The cooler weather allows spring blooming bulbs to winter over, this is important in order for bulbs to provide beautiful spring cheerful blooms.

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, when evening temperatures average between 40 to 50 degrees F. You should plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes. This is most common in cold climates zone 1-7. You can, if necessary, store bulbs for a month or longer, it you keep them in a cool, dry place.

Be careful not to store bulbs near fruit, especially apples, all ripening fruit give off ethylene gas. This gas can damage and or kill the flower inside the bulb. You can’t keep bulbs for long periods, they dry up and are spent.

Read the label and try to keep the label together with the bulbs until planting. Without the label, you can’t tell the red tulips from the white ones just by looking at the bulbs. You can plant bulbs just about anywhere in your garden as long as the soil drains well.

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