Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

October 6, 2012 – 10:17 am

Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the FallChoose selections wisely as the flowers of many bulbs do not last an especially long time. For example, while a tulip is a great bulb and an extremely attractive flower, it produces one flower that lasts about seven to ten days and then just like that, it’s done. Ranunculus, on the other hand, can bloom over a four- to six-week period. One thing to expect across the board, however, is the price for color from bulbs is going to be higher than for longer-flowering cool-season bedding plants like pansies and dianthus. If gardening budgets are limited, use spring bulbs more for embellishment and let cool season bedding plants provide the primary floral display.

Obtaining a nice display of spring flowering bulbs depends upon where and how they are planted. Good drainage, part to full sun and moderately fertile soil are all that are needed for bulbs to do well. The average landscape bed generally provides adequate drainage, but avoid low spots that tend to stay moist as this will cause bulbs to rot in a hurry. If drainage is in doubt, plant in raised beds. Choose a spot where there is some shade from the afternoon sun, this allows the flowers to last a little longer, especially if the spring weather turns warm.

It is important to plant bulbs at the proper depth. A rule of thumb is to plant bulbs at a depth equal to twice their height. This far south we generally don’t plant bulbs quite as deep as standard recommendations. Smaller bulbs are planted about 1 or 2 inches deep while larger bulbs are planted about 5 inches deep. Dig individual holes the proper depth, or excavate out, the area to be planted, to the recommended depth and plant all of the bulbs at once.

Once the bulbs are in the ground, plant over them with low growing cool season annuals, such as alyssum, violas, lobelia or pansies. Be careful not to disturb the bulbs. The annuals cover the bare soil and provide color before, during and after the bulbs bloom. Make sure the bulbs will produce blooms that are taller than the annuals, and make sure the colors of the annual flowers contrast with or compliment the flowers of the bulbs in a pleasant way.


5 YELLOW CANNA LILY Indian Shot Canna Indica Flower Seeds *Comb S/H
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  • BLOOM TIME: Late Spring - Mid Fall (Repeat bloomer)
  • HARDINESS ZONE: 7 - 11
  • PLANT HEIGHT: 4 - 6. . . PLANT SPACING: 9 - 12
  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun . . . SOIL / WATER: Average - Moist
  • Cannas are very easy to grow, and this is one of the few varieties of cannas that is not a hybrid. Cannas offer both very attractive foliage and flowers. They will...

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Need plant/shrub ideas (maybe lilies)

last year I planted rose bushes. They ended up dying in the winter. All the snow from the drive way was thrown in that little area.
Im looking for a plant, flower or shrub that is sun friendly (we have full sun on that side)
I was thinking of planting liliies, but I dont know when and how.
Lilies are my favorite.
Do I plant bulbs in the fall or in the Spring should I just buy already grown lilies and plant them there? Thanks!
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Reinhardt Depot Sunflowers Mat - Grow Sun Flower Garden Flowers. Includes: (1) Pre-seeded  17" x 5' Flower Seed Mat. Simply Roll out, plant and grow. Instant garden mat for flowering bushes.
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  • Description: Sunflowers are the symbol of summer, sunshine and health. This special mix called Autumn Beauty produces a gorgeous array of sunny color in all the...
  • Ideal Ship time: Between 4/16/2012 and 06/01/2012 - Bloom Time: Summer
  • NOTE: Most seeds take 10 to 14 days to germinate, and they tend to bloom 4-8 weeks after germination. DO NOT WEED PLANTING AREA FOR THE FIRST 3-4 WEEKS.
  • Sun Requirements: Full Sun - Type/Size: 17 x 5 Mat - Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9 - Color: Mixed - Foliage Color: Green
  • Ships from: Reinhardt Depot Nursery, New York
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  • Mature Height: 4-6
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bulb Size: 5/+ cm
  • Planting Time: Fall
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