Time To Plant Bulbs

We found a fabulous article about bulb planting. Some great tips for the seasoned gardener and the beginner. This is just an excerpt so head over to the full article to learn more.

Plants & SeedsIssue 40 — Autumn Palette

Your First Garden: What You Need to Know Before You Plant Bulbs

by Fan Winston

I’ve always known in theory that if you plant spring-flowering bulbs (such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and alliums) you can fill your garden with successive waves of color for three months while you wait for summer. But in my garden, after the spring flowers on the azaleas and rhododendrons fade? Nothing—until June.  I eye my neighbors’ more colorful gardens with envy and initiate late-night talks with my husband about why this is the year we should hire a landscape designer.

This fall I plan to be proactive and plant bulbs—which I know is a thing you do in autumn because one year I went to our local nursery and asked for alliums. (I’m particularly enamored with the extraterrestrial look of alliums, with their large pompom heads and tall, slender stalks.) But it was during the height of summer, and the nice lady who worked at the nursery had to break it to me that I’d have to wait until September or later for the bulbs to be available for purchase. Like many other bulbs, they are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring, she told me, with not the slightest bit of disdain.

A job requirement for working at nurseries must be an uncanny ability to refrain from rolling one’s eyes when asked idiotic questions. Thankfully, my interview with Barbara Pierson, nursery manager of White Flower Farm, in which I asked beginner questions about spring-flowering bulbs, was conducted over email. (Thank you, Barbara, for not inserting any eye-roll emojis.) Here’s what I learned:

Q: What are bulbs, anyway?

Q: Which bulbs are the easiest to grow?

Q: When is the best time to plant bulbs?

Q: What are tips for a healthy, robust bloom?

Q: How many bulbs should you plant together?

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