Reminder: Plant tulips, allium & other bulbs now for spring flowers

giant allium in pot courtesy Mischler's in Williamsville New York
If you want flowers, such as this giant allium, in spring, you must plant them in autumn. Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

by Connie Oswald Stofko

In spring, people see giant alliums in their neighbors’ gardens, then run into garden centers expecting to buy that plant, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses in Williamsville.

“You can’t buy them in spring,” Yadon said.

The same goes for crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, fritillaria and other spring bulbs.

If you want those flowers in spring, plant the bulbs in autumn. You can plant them now through mid-November, if you can still work the soil then.

See more tips here on planting spring bulbs.

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