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Planting Fall Bulbs

Bradford Greenhouses Blog

You know that glimmer of hope that you see every spring when a small green shoot emerges from a snow drift? And pretty soon you see some colour among all the white? It’s a sure sign that lets you know the snow will soon be melting, the trees will soon be budding, and warmer temperatures on are their way. That small little green shoot can be very exciting! And now is the time to start planting bulbs in order to partake in this exciting springtime tradition!

Planting bulbs is likely the easiest form of gardening – once you plant it, you’re done!
  • To get started, first decide what kind of flowers you want to enjoy. Below is a list of popular bulbs for fall planting that will bloom in spring…
Tulips

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Muscari

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Crocus

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Snowdrops

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Glory of the Snow

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Daffodil

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Allium

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Iris

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  • Once you’ve chosen your desired bulbs, dig a hole to plant your bulbs (depending on the size of the bulb, your depth will be different, but it will tell you on the package).
  • Group like bulb varieties together. Plant an odd number (this may look more pleasing to the eye when they bloom) with the pointy end pointing up, otherwise they’ll try to sprout downward.
  • TIP: Once your bulb is in the hole, sprinkle a little bit of Bone Meal or Hen Manure on top – this will help deter squirrels from digging them up for food.
  • Cover your bulbs with a couple inches of soil and give it some water. Be careful not to water it too much – too much moisture will rot your bulbs.
  • Adding 5cm of mulch on top will help will help prevent winter weeds, retain necessary moisture and insulate against severe winter cold.

Bulbs need the dormant rest period of a long, cold winter. The melting snow and ice of the spring will give them the water they need to start to grow and bloom.

TIP: Once your bulbs are done flowering, don’t cut back the foliage! (You can cut back the flower stem however). The foliage absorbs the sun and provides energy to the bulb. In a few weeks the foliage will wither and die down… This is the plants natural defence against the hot summer sun.