A Beginner’s Guide to Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs in the Fall


yellow daffodils

A field of yellow daffodils

Now is the time to start planting spring-flowering bulbs. Fall, with its cooler temperatures and moist soil, is the best time to plant flowers such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths. While some flowers will easily sprout from sown seeds, bulbs need a period of dormancy in the soil before they will bloom in the spring.

Planting fall bulbs takes a bit of work, but it’ll pay off in the spring when the garden is bursting with bright colours from the beautiful flowers.

Here is a guide on how to planting spring flowering bulbs in the fall:

When to plant:

  • The best time to plant fall bulbs is before a frost, from late September to early November.
  • Frost time varies depending on where you live; check with your local garden center for the most reliable information.
  • Bulbs should be planted as soon as you purchase them, to help establish the root system before winter.

Choosing the right bulbs:

  • Generally speaking, the smaller the bulb, the earlier it will bloom and the more you will need to create an attractive garden display. Plant in masses for the best effect!
  • Smaller bulbs, like crocuses, produce smaller flowers; larger bulbs produce larger and taller blooms.
  • Choose bulbs that are firm, plump and clean and don’t show signs of rot.
  • A variety of bulbs will ensure the best range of colours for your garden and will vary of bloom times for continuous colour.
  • Bulbs can be bought from reputable gardening centers, big box stores or nurseries.

Planting conditions

  • Most fall bulbs prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Bulbs do not like wet soil.
  • It’s always a good idea to follow the planting instructions on the packaging.
  • Use a shovel or trowel to dig holes; bulbs should  be planted upwards, with the pointy tip or eyes/buds facing upward.
  • As a general guideline, the bulbs should be covered with double its own depth of soil; bulbs planted too deep will produce smaller, weaker blooms.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.
  • Be sure to fertilize the soil in the spring.
  • You may have to deal with squirrels and other wildlife eating the planted bulbs.

Fall Bulbs to Plant Now

And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! Gardening shouldn’t be stressful.

About Lesley Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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6 Responses to A Beginner’s Guide to Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

  1. Choosing the right bulb is the first step when it comes to bulb planting. Always collect bulbs from trusted suppliers because there are many suppliers who provide artificially grown bulbs in the market. So be aware of such suppliers.

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