Goodbye, summer! Hello, fall! October is here, which means fall is in full swing. Finally! The weather is noticeably cooler, the leaves have started to change color, and you are already planning for spring. And you should! Fall is the time when homeowners need to put in the work if they want beautiful, colorful gardens come spring. Of course, if you are a beginner gardener, you may have a few questions. Don’t worry; we have you covered.
How to Plant Fall Flower Bulbs
First the good news: planting fall flower bulbs is quick and easy. Some may even call it foolproof, or, at least, nearly foolproof. So let’s get started…
Before the First Frost
Flower bulbs should be planted when the ground is cool, typically in September and October. But you should plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes. This is why many suggest planting before the first frost. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the first frost in Glen Burnie, Maryland is expected to be around October 29th.
Pick a Spot
The good news: you can plant bulbs just about anywhere. Just make sure you pick an area where the soil drains well. Bulbs also like the sun. Most bulbs do best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day). Once you have your spot, you can begin the fun part: designing. Try to envision what your garden will look like next spring. Get creative.
If you don’t know how deep to plant your bulbs, you are not alone. This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. “How deep should I plant fall flower bulbs?” The easiest solution is to dig the hole two to three times deeper than the bulb is tall. Of course, your bulbs will probably come with specific planting directions, so be sure to consult those before doing anything else.
Which End is Up?
Another FAQ: “Which end of these things is up?” Plant the pointy end up. That’s about all you need to know.
A Little Compost Goes a Long Way
Bulbs like rich, organic soil. So mix some compost in with your bulbs to ensure good blooming. This is especially when planting in poor soil conditions. And don’t forget to pull those pesky weeds, which not only look bad, but also pull valuable nutrients from the soil.
Finally, don’t forget to water your bulbs!
Choose the Right Bulbs
For the best chance of success, invest in high-quality fall flower bulbs from your local Glen Burnie nursery. Just ask someone at Evergreen Gene’s. We train all of our employees so they are familiar with our inventory and able to answer all of your questions. We will ask you questions about where you will be planting, soil conditions, and how much sunlight the area will receive to help us better determine the perfect fall flowers for your home.
As a family-owned business we believe in quality customer service, and we make sure our employees are always on hand to aid customers however they can.
Want to learn more about How to Plant Fall Flower Bulbs? Visit Evergreen Gene’s at our Glen Burnie location on Crain Highway. Can’t make it out but still have a question? Not to worry; call us at 410.766.6877 or click here today.