Wondering how to care for your tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other fall-planted bulbs? Here are answers to some common questions that we receive from our customers. If your question isn't addressed below, please send us an email or give us a call at: 855-534-2733.
What types of bulbs should be planted in the fall?
Most spring-blooming flower bulbs are planted in the fall, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, alliums, scilla and Dutch iris. For tips on color themes and planting techniques, you may be interested in reading: How to Plan a Spring Bulb Garden.
When should I plant my fall bulbs?
Ideally, they should be planted in mid to late fall, 4-6 weeks before the ground starts to freeze. This gives them plenty of time to settle in and start growing. If you get a late start, don't worry. Flower bulbs are surprisingly resilient. As long as the ground can still be worked, you can go ahead and plant your bulbs, even if it’s December. If you forget to plant and don't find the bulbs until spring, it's unlikely they will grow. For a map of when to plant, based on your region, click HERE.
How should my fall bulbs be planted?
Flower bulbs look best when planted in groups of 3, 5, 7 or more. Informal, irregular clusters have a more natural look than straight rows. Planting depth varies by type of bulb. Check the package for the proper planting depth, or read the appropriate All About article HERE. You’ll find our planting videos HERE.
What happens if we get snow or frost after my spring bulbs have started growing?
Bulbs don’t mind cold temperatures. Crocus and snowdrops often bloom when there’s still snow on the ground. Even if the foliage gets crushed by snow, the plants will usually bounce right back without any lasting damage.
I live in a warm climate. Do I need to pre-cool my fall-planted bulbs?
Dutch iris and several other types of spring-blooming bulbs including some varieties of daffodils, perform well in zones 8-10 -- without any special care. Simply plant them in the fall and they will bloom the following spring. Other bulbs, such as tulips, hyacinths and crocus, will not bloom unless they go through a cooling period of at least 6 to 8 weeks at 35 to 45°F. For more information, read How to Grow Spring Bulbs in Warm Climates and How to Force Bulbs for Indoor Flowers.