Plant bulbs in fall for spring blooms

daffodil hyacinth tulips and narcissus
Photos by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Every spring I hear of someone who wants to plant tulips. If you want tulips, you can’t wait until spring!

This is the time to plant tulip bulbs. The same goes for crocuses, daffodils or narcissus, hyacinths and allium.

This the time of year when garden centers generally have spring bulbs available, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses.

He recommends getting them planted right away; they have a rather short shelf life. If you had gotten bulbs sooner, you could have planted them sooner.

Don’t do what I did. My sister had dug some up from her garden several weeks (months?) ago, and I didn’t plant them right away. They looked a bit shriveled when I finally got them in the ground. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but I’m not hopeful. Plant bulbs as soon as you get them.

If you are planting a perennial garden now, Yadon suggests adding bulbs between the perennials.

Bonus tip: Find out how to protect your bulbs from critters, plus get more ideas for spring bulbs in the same article.

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