Spring Flowering Bulbs

Like love and marriage, crocus, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips go well together. The great thing about these beautiful spring flowering bulbs is that they can even be planted as late as now and right up to the first of the new year just as long as the ground isn't frozen.

If you check your favorite lawn and garden center, you might be surprised to find spring flowering bulbs still in bins. Another good reason to plant bulbs now is the fact that the soil has managed to acquire some needed moisture coming out of the drought this summer and fall.

So why the need to plant them before say the first of January? Basically spring flowering bulbs need a cold resting period in order for them to bloom in the spring. The cold period should last at least 10 weeks outside before they start to grow. Count ahead after the first of January. It will take you into the middle of March which is the time that most spring flowering bulbs start their growth underground.

Let me add this, if you want to have them in a pot and blooming indoors, place the bulbs in a paper bag and place in the bottom of your refrigerator for that 10 week cold period. Take the bulbs out after the ten weeks, plant them in a nice container and enjoy their beauty indoors as well as outside. Remember, they need that cold period of at least 10 weeks indoors or out.

Keep this in mind also, most spring flowering bulbs should be planted in clusters rather than single rows and its my opinion that clusters of the same color show better. When you do visit your lawn and garden center and locate some bulbs, make sure they are plump and firm with no soft spots or blemishes.

At planting time make sure the soil is well drained, and avoid locations where they will get the hot midday sun.

Most of these bulbs should be planted 8 inches deep and somewhere about 6 inches apart. The most important thing to remember about planting spring flowering bulbs outdoors is the fact that they need a cold resting period before they will ever bloom.

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