When we purchased the store this past spring, many people came in and asked where they could get some of the beautiful tulips they saw in their neighbor's garden...or the gorgeous daffodils they saw at the park.
The thing is, you've got to plant them NOW to get the spring show.
If you've planted bulbs before, you know how easy it is. If you haven't--why not? They're easy and spectacular.
We have our bulbs arranged in order of bloom time. Snowdrops start as early as February (they actually come up through the snow), and alliums bloom into late spring. Whatever flowers you choose, there are a few simple steps to follow.
1. Prepare your soil. Bulbs appreciate well drained soil, so if yours is heavy with clay, add compost or other organic material to loosen it up. It also helps to fertilize now, so add phosphorous rich bone meal to encourage root development.
2. Dig your holes. The general rule is to plant bulbs 2-3 times as deep as the bulb is tall. (So if it's a 3 inch tulip bulb, it goes down 6-9 inches). Our bulb packages will give you more specific instructions on planting depth.
3. Water. Your newly planted bulbs need moisture to help roots develop and settle the soil. Water deep enough to get down to the bulb, but avoid overwatering to prevent rot.
4. Mulch. Mulch keeps moisture in and helps regulate the temperature of the soil.
That's about it! Mid October to November is the ideal time to plant bulbs, so you still have time. A little work now for a beautiful show in the spring. And then your neighbors can ask about YOUR bulbs!