Plant quality Fall flower Bulbs For Spring Blooms.
FALL FLOWER BULBS
Flower bulbs are about the easiest flowers there is to grow and they return year after year. Depending on which hardiness zone you live in, many flower bulbs can be left in the ground year round which is great for the following years. Aside from being easy to plant and to grow, flower bulbs produce some of the prettiest blooms. Fall flower bulbs will produce blooms in the spring. Spring flower bulbs will produce blooms in the summer or fall.
PLANTING FLOWER BULBS
Generally, flower bulbs are planted twice as deep as they are tall. With the pointed side up or the roots down. With some flower bulbs it is hard to tell which side goes up or down. In this case we suggest putting the bulb in the hole sideways. Most bulbs will know which way is up and will grow as normal.
Flower bulbs should be planted as soon as they arrive. If they are not planted within a few days, store them in a dry, cool place until you are ready to plant them. Flower bulbs will easily grow in most well drained soils. If the ground needs to be fertilized, bonemeal can be used. Since the flower bulbs store and produce their own nutrients, fertilizing may not even be necessary depending the soil. After the flower bulbs bloom, the flowers and stems may be cut off. However, the foliage should be left alone as long as it is green. Fall flower bulbs can be left in the ground year round.
Flower Bulbs can be planted individually or in groups. To layer different types of flower bulbs in the same dug out area, use a shovel to dig a flat area to the deepest depth needed. Place bulbs in the hole then cover the area with soil to the next deepest depth needed. Repeat as needed. Then just watch the bulbs grow to produce their beautiful flower blooms.
REPRODUCING FLOWER BULBS
Allowing flower bulbs to seed will take nutrients from the bulbs, so we recommend letting the bulbs reproduce through offsets. This way the young flower bulbs will produce blooms faster than growing them from seeds.
Flower bulbs make beautiful cut flowers as well. A few examples are daffodils, irises, and lilies. Visit our page on cut flowers for more details. You may want to purchase extra bulbs just for this reason.