Fall planting includes planting bulbs. Learn how to plant spring bulbs in the fall. Fall is the best time to plant. The weather is a bit cooler and gardeners are eagerly awaiting next spring’s flowers.
How to Plant Spring Bulbs in the Fall
Fall is the time to plant Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Hyacinths, Grape Hyacinths, Scilla, and Snowdrops. If you live in cold climates zones (1-7) you should plant them 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes. In zone 5 our first frost date is September 20th. When the evening temperature is between 40-50 degrees. Bulbs can be stored in a cool, dry place until they can be planted.
Before digging the hole, fall is a good time to add compost and other organic materials to the soil. This will supply your plant with needed nutrients. To plant bulbs read the label to see what depth the ball needs to be. Then plant bulbs with root on the bottom, pointy side up. Big bulbs are typically planted 8 inches deep. Small bulbs are typically 5 inches deep. They sell special bulb planters but a small trowel with work just as well. I recommend that you plant bulbs in a cluster for a greater colorful impact. You can even plant smaller bulbs on top of larger bulbs for a double-decker effect. Spread Bulb-tone or fine wood ashes to fertilize over spring flowering bulbs at the rate of 4-6 pounds to 100 feet.
Watch out for Pests
More than once, I’ve planted the spring bulbs only to have squirrels dig them up. For this reason, I do not use blood meal in with my bulbs. That seems to drive the critters to them. To deter the squirrels from coming you have a few options. You might plant daffodils, as they are not liked by deer or squirrels. You could mix the daffodils in with your tulips if you have an active squirrel or deer population in your garden. Next set up a barrier such as chicken wire around the bulbs, or place a window screen over the bulbs until winter when the squirrels are done foraging.
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