Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs Now

We’ve enjoyed all the benefits our gardens have offered us this summer, lots of veggies, flowers, and our plants have bloomed with color and life. With fall upon us, it’s your last chance to think ahead and plan for spring.  To prepare, plant your spring bulbs now and come early springtime, you’ll reap the benefits of a beautiful garden once again!

When To Plant

Depending on where you live, starting in late September to October – when the soil has cooled, is the best time to plant your spring bulbs. Planting during this time will give the bulbs enough time to root before the ground freezes in preparation for their late spring to early summer bloom! Bulbs, such as daffodils, act as perennials and will show up year after year!

In the south, where it is warmer during these months, you may need to pre-cool some bulbs before planting them. Make sure to check with your bulb supplier to see if the bulbs have been pre-cooled, or you may need to do this process yourself.

Note: To pre-cool your bulb, simply let them rest in a drawer of your refrigerator by themselves – anywhere from 8 to 14 weeks.

Where To Plant

When planting your bulbs, there are some characteristics that you should pay attention to before planting them in the ground. Site location and preparation are essential to successful growth and flower production for years to come. Bulbs need a lot of sunlight and good drainage. Be sure to select a planting site with at least 6-hours of direct sunlight and good drainage to ensure healthy root development and prevent the roots from rotting.

How To Plant

First, educate yourself on the bulb’s size, color, and bloom time. This is important if you want a full garden that compliments its surroundings. Keep in mind the plant’s size – plant taller bulbs in the back and the shorter ones towards the front. Staggering your bulbs in this way will ensure a full spring and summer garden.

Next, determine how deep to plant each bulb. If the bulb is planted too deep, it may bloom late or not at all. If too shallow, the bulb may be exposed too soon and damaged by cold temperatures. Bulbs are usually planted two to three times deeper than their size. If unsure, you can always check the recommended planting directions found on the packaging. 

When planting, loosen the soil beforehand and add organic material; this will help drainage and add nutrients to your bulbs. Healthy bulbs are usually firm to the touch and should be planted with the pointier side up. After finding the correct depth, cover with soil and at least 2-3 inches of mulch. Newly planted bulbs should have plenty of water to settle in!

PRO TIP: A bulb that is two inches long should be planted at least 5-6 inches deep.

Use Bountiful Harvest® Before You Plant

Be sure and treat your bulbs with Bountiful Harvest® to give them that extra boost they need. The added macro- and micro-nutrients, along with vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and complex carbohydrates, are sure to make an impact. We’re proud of our 100% natural, environmentally safe prebiotic treatment for your plants. Go ahead and treat your bulbs with Bountiful Harvest® before you place them in the soil, for improved germination as well as outstanding plant growth and development. Even your houseplants and front lawn can benefit from this incredible formulation!

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SOURCES: Raquel Barrena, Xavier Font, Xavier Gabarrell, Antoni Sánchez. Home composting versus industrial composting: Influence of composting system on compost quality with a focus on compost stability. Waste Management. Volume 34, Issue 7, 2014, Pages 1109-1116. “Composting At Home.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 13 Nov. 2019.

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