• “Time to Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs”

“Time to Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs”

Hands down, without a doubt, fall is my favorite time of year. I love the chilly air, football games, trees changing colors, some of my favorite hunting seasons are right around the corner… but I digress. Fall is also the perfect time to start thinking ahead to spring, and what “pops” of color we want throughout our flower bed, in the form of flowering bulbs.

Late September through October is an excellent time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as crocus, tulips and daffodils, according to K-State Horticulture Specialist Ward Upham. These plants need to develop roots in the fall and must meet a chilling requirement over the winter in order to bloom in the spring.

When considering where you would like these flowers next spring, there are a few things to consider when choosing a landscape area. Choose a planting site that has full sun to partial shade. The ideal soil would be a sandy loam, but even poor soils can be used if organic material such as peat moss, compost, or aged bark is mixed in.

 

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