Spring-planted bulbs will burst with beautiful blooms that are perfect for bouquets and make a statement with little effort. For the best flower show, we recommend planting plenty of bulbs.
If it’s about 60°F and you’re ready to plant your tomatoes outside, then it’s warm enough to plant summer bulbs. If your days are still cold, start your bulbs indoors in pots. Then, move them to the garden when the weather improves. Or, leave them in the pots to liven up porches and patios.
Dahlias, canna lilies, begonias and gladiolus all make great additions to yards. Head to your local garden center to find out which spring flowering bulbs are best for your region.
Plant Summer Bulbs in 6 Simple Steps:
1. Visit your local garden center to choose your bulbs.
2. Select where you want to plant your bulbs so they’ll get the right amount of sun. Choose a place where they won’t be accidentally dug up, such as under a tree, in a lawn or in a perennial bed.
3. Plant bulbs using a spade or bulb planter in well-drained soil to the depth indicated on the package. Some bulbs, like dahlias, need to be planted deeper.
4. Sprinkle Espoma Organic’s Bulb-tone in the hole and place your bulb.
5. Replace the soil, gently pressing it down and water your newly planted bulbs.
6. Cover bulbs with a layer of mulch to keep moisture in and weeds out.
Once your bulbs have bloomed, remove the faded flowers but leave the foliage. They bulbs will use it to store energy for next year.
Are your spring bulbs spent? Watch how Garden Answer cares for tulips after they’ve bloomed.