The daffodils and tulips that bloom in the spring begin life as bulbs that are planted in the fall. You can buy some bulbs at the local supermarket and pop them in the ground and see what happens. Sometimes you may be lucky, but to ensure the best chance of success follow these tips which I found on the Bless My Weeds website.
If you want gorgeous new perennial flowers in the spring, you’ll want to consider planting those bulbs in the fall. Fall’s cooler weather and winter’s moisture will help those bulbs give you maximum growth when the days start getting longer again. For a bloom-filled spring, here is a little guidance for planing bulbs.
1. Choose Quality Bulbs
Great flowers begin with high quality bulbs. Choose bulbs that are firm and plump, without wrinkles or soft spots. Look for bulbs that are larger, too, as this usually brings more flowers.
2. Know When to Plant
Bulbs that bloom in earlier spring, such as daffodils and tulips, should go in the ground earlier. September and October are the best time for thee. Summer bloomers like gladiolus can actually wait until spring, after the last frost. Check package directions for timing as well as sunlight recommendations.
3. Check the Depth
Not all bulbs can be planted at the same depth. How deep they need to be depends on bloom time and variety. Here’s a general depth guide that might be helpful, but you should always check the directions on the package. Generally, you should also plant your bulbs pointy side up.
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