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Planting Bulbs in the Fall for Spring Flowering

Well its fall, great time to plant your bulbs to bloom in the spring. The materials that you will need are spring blooming bulbs, here are some: tulips (not a perennial), crocus, hyacinths, daffodil and narcissus, scilla siberica, amongst others. You'll also need a container, or a garden spot to plant them in the ground and some good potting soil or compost to grow them in.

When planting bulbs for spring, there are a few things to take into consideration, such as picking the right bulbs. Select the bulbs that you want to grow and make sure they are firm and don't have mold and always planting in groups. Determine the best way to plant your bulbs for spring.

Next pick the place where you are planting them:

- If it's in a container, fill it about three quarters of the way depending on the size, keep in mind that you need to cover them at least 5" with some, already wet, potting soil or compost and then plant your bulbs in groups of at least five or more each, depending of what type of bulbs you are planting and the size of the container you are using, you want to create an impression. Try to keep the containers on the dry side over the winter, so mulch them with leaves or keep them in the garage so they don't get soaking wet, they could freeze if it gets really cold out, and then you will lose them.

-If it's in the garden ground, dig holes about 1 foot diameter and 8 inches deep for tulips (8 or 10 bulbs per hole, about 2 inches apart), 5 inches deep for daffodils and narcissus (5 bulbs per hole, about 3 inches apart), and 3 inches deep for smaller bulbs, like crocuses. Mostly of books and gardening sites will suggest to plant them seven, eight inches deep, but I have found by my on hands experience most spring blooming bulbs rot out real easily if they're too deep, or they won't flower.

Best Naturalizing bulbs are narcissus, crocuses, and daffodils, they also do well in shaded wooden areas. Blooming time, late winter to early spring depending on weather.

Tulips prefer full sun and their flowering is very amazing the first years, no so much after that. Blooming time, early, mid and late season, which is from late April to late May.

Follow our next news letter, we will be talking about specific types of bulbs, deer, rabbit and groundhog proof bulbs, and also how to take care of them after flowering, this is a very important step in the success of you spring flowering bulb garden.

Please contact us if you have an specific question or suggestion. And please don't forget to order your firewood, it will make this fall cool nights very cozy for you and your family.

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