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 in early fall 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 flower bulbs and a lot of them in bins. Another good reason to plant bulbs now is the fact that the soil has managed to absorb some of the good rain we have had lately.
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.
One great piece of advice is to plant daffodils in late September because they need a longer time in the ground before that ground freezes.
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 in mind also that most spring flowering bulbs should be planted in clusters rather than single rows, and it's 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, firm and dry 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. Finally, these bulbs should be planted 6-8 inches deep and most of the time 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.