Each fall, the local garden centers start to carry an assortment of bulbs for your yard. Whether you prefer the bright yellow and white of daffodils, the stately form and intense fragrance of hyacinths or the exotic look of alliums, there are a wide range of choices to fill your garden with beauty next spring. It’s not too late to plant bulbs for your spring garden.
To prepare your garden for bulbs, loosen the soil and mix in a compost and a bulb fertilizer. Many fertilizers are heavy in Nitrogen, which can cause bulbs to rot. If you don’t see a bulb fertilizer, look for a fertilizer that has a lower first number (4-10-6 or similar numbers).
If the packaging for your bulbs doesn’t show how deep you should plant your bulbs, plant them in a hole that is three times as deep as the diameter of the bulb. To extend the flowering season, plant larger bulbs such as tulips or hyacinths, cover with an inch or so of soil, then place smaller bulbs such as crocus in the soil. The smaller bulbs will bloom first, then the larger bulbs will grow and bloom later.
If your local store is not carrying a wide variety of bulbs, consider some of these bulb companies:
- John Scheepers (or for larger quantities of the same bulbs, Van Engelen, Inc.)
- Von Bourgondien
- Pinetree Garden Seeds
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