It's time to think about planting Fall Flower Bulbs that will provide the first bursts of colour in spring.
Our selection includes the most popular and best-loved flower bulbs of all: Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Crocuses as well as many other varieties that gardeners expect to find in the fall.
Bulbs return year after year and perennialize and naturalize well, which make these bulbs an excellent value. Since flower bulbs bloom at different times during the spring, they can be planted among other perennials to add splashes of colour in the garden.
Tip: Bulbs should be planted as soon as possible to provide time for them to establish strong root systems before the winter frosts set in. While the water inside the bulbs might freeze, it doesn't harm the cells of the bulbs themselves.
Daffodil Ice Follies
1. What environment works best for tulips?
Tulips prefer indirect light and moderately moist soil conditions. To keep them healthy, make sure they are in locations that are constantly between 60 and 65 degrees F. Planting times vary, depending upon your climate zone, but as a general rule, earlier is better. Bulbs need to establish strong root systems, before the frosts of winter set in and the bulbs enter a new cycle in preparation for spring blooming. Remember to plant bulbs in an area that drains well and water newly planted bulbs to help those roots get going!
2. Is it true that bone meal is the best
Most bone meal today has been so thoroughly processed that essential nutrients have been literally boiled out. Spring flowering bulbs need no fertilizer for their first season of blooming. A healthy Dutch bulb will already contain all the food it needs to support one season of spectacular growth. Bulbs that will be left in the ground to naturalize will benefit from well-rotted cow manure or special bulb fertilizer when the shoots first appear in spring and again the following fall.
3. Is it true that the bigger the tulip bulb, the better the flower?
Generally, the bigger the tulip bulb, the bigger the flower. But bigger does not necessarily mean better. The bulbs of a species tulip such as Tulipa tarda for example would appear quite tiny beside a large Darwin Hybrid bulb such as "Apeldoorn." But these small species tulips are some of the most delicate and lovely bulb flowers you can grow. They are hardy as well. Tulip bulbs are sold by caliber or size. For big showy displays, the larger caliber bulbs are certainly worth the price. However, some excellent bargains are to be had by buying lots of smaller caliber bulbs for brightening up a marginal spot in the spring yard.
4. Do tulips prefer sun or shade?
Tulips love both. But when planting this fall, don't be fooled by the patterns of sun and shade in the fall garden! Remember that come spring, when tulips bloom, all the deciduous trees in your yard will be leafless, allowing lots of sun in your spring garden!
5. What are "botanical" or "species" tulips?
Species tulips refers to those varieties which have not been bred or hybridized and remain essentially as they are found in nature. Botanical tulips are hybrids, but hybrids which remain very close to the original species. Neither of these terms refers to "wild" tulips. All tulips sold by the Dutch, including the species and botanical tulips, are actually propagated and grown in Holland. Species and botanical tulips are generally smaller than other tulips.