Tips for Planting Spring Bulbs

spring bulbsI think that most gardeners would agree, planting spring bulbs in the springtime is not recommended.

On the other hand, spring bulbs can be planted in the spring with Success!

There might be various reasons why you want or need to plant flower bulbs in the spring:

  • * You have extra bulbs that need to be planted
  • * Your spring bulbs didn’t get planted the last fall


  • * You found a great sale on spring bulbs and couldn’t resist
  • * You are so done with winter and urgently need to plant flower bulbs

Select Quality Spring Bulbs

Smart bulb planting begins with buying high quality bulbs. You want to look for spring bulbs that are firm. Naturally, you want to avoid bulbs that are soft or have mold growing on them. Moreover, look for flower bulbs that are big and fat. Generally, the bigger the spring bulb, the more apt they are to having bigger and longer lasting blooms

Choose the Right Area for Planting

The majority of spring bulbs do best in full sun. The flower bulb should have at least 6 hours of sunlight every day. Spring bulbs also prefer well drained soil so that water does not collect and rot the bulb.

So make sure to plant in the best area, even the healthiest bulbs will not be successful in producing flowers if planted in the wrong spot.

Know When to Plant Your Spring Bulbs

flower bulbs

Spring blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths are generally planted in the fall (September or October) when the soil temperatures are cool. If you want to plant daffodils or tulips in the spring, it can be done (depending on the zone you live in).

Here is a great article that can help your flower bulbs bloom Planting Tulips in Spring

Gladiolus and dahlias are ideal for summer blooming splendors! You can plant these gorgeous flowers once the danger of frost has gone. Depending on your geographical location, other beautiful flower bulbs to consider are begonias, iris bulbs, freesias, anemones, lilums, acidantheras, brodiaeas, montbretias, tigridias and liatris’s.

For further reading, a post from Better Homes and Gardens has some great suggestions:

The Best Summer Bulbs

Plant Your Spring Bulbs Deep Enough

spring bulbsNot knowing how deep to plant your bubs is very common among many gardeners. The rule of thumb:

Dig a hole 2-3 times deeper than the bulb is tall
For example; a 3 inch bulb is happiest in a hole that is 6-9 inches deep

Note: There are always exceptions to the rule of thumb. Make sure to read the spring bulbs instructions before planting.

Place Flower Bulb Pointy Side Up

When it comes to planting spring bulbs, a common dilemma is wondering which side of the bulb is up. More rules of thumb

If a bulb has a point, that’s the side that is face up
If there is no point on the flower bulb, then look for roots. The root end goes face down

Give Your Spring Bulbs Healthy Soil

Just like people, plants and bulbs require healthy nutrients. Typically, flower bulbs prefer well-drained soil. Ideally, plant your bulbs in organic soil with some compost mixed in. Your spring bulbs will reward you with healthy blooms.

Water Your Spring Bulbs Well

After you plant your flower bulbs, make sure to water them well! A good watering is very beneficial.

  • Encourages root growth
  • The roots get established easier
  • Eliminates air pockets that causes the bulb to dry out

Safeguard Your Spring Bulbs

tulip bulbsAnimals like raccoon, deer and squirrels love to eat flower bulbs. Their favorite seems to be the newly planted bulbs. Here are a few rules of thumb to help protect your spring bulbs

  • Hide your bulb holes with a layer of mulch
  • Place a piece of chicken wire or mesh over the soil to prevent digging
  • Once the flower bulbs begin to sprout, remove the chicken wire

Prevent and Maintain Weeds

Weeds are a gardener’s nightmare. They rob nutrients from the soil and choke your plants.

As well, weeds can invite diseases and plant eating insects.

You can reduce and prevent weeds by spreading 2-3 inches of mulch over the soil.

Personally, I prefer organic mulch over inorganic. To me, it is healthier for ma and the environment when you grow a garden without chemicals. Organic mulches come from natural materials that decompose over time.

Organic mulches add nutrients to the soil and beneficial microorganisms. Moreover, organic mulch adds other benefits to your garden

  • Increases drainage
  • Attracts earthworms
  • Lowers soil compaction
  • Improves soil tilth (cultivation)
  • Boosts soil moisture retention

Stress-Free Design

spring flowers tulipsFlowers bulbs look best when they are planted in irregular groups and not in straight rows. So don’t worry about lining your spring bulbs in a nice row. And if an occasional flower bulb touches another, that’s okay to.

Flower bulbs also do just fine in containers. So if you have limited garden space, container plants would be an ideal solution.

The nice thing about planting spring bulbs in containers is that it is easier to store them in the winter. You can either place the bulb pot in the garage or sink them into the ground to help them weatherize for spring blooming.

Buying Organic Flower Bulbs

Organic flower bulbs are grown without toxic pesticides and herbicides. And more, natural flowers have a much brighter bloom and last a whole lot longer. Even once picked, an organic tulip lasts a couple of days longer in water than the conventional types.

Now organic flower bulbs aren’t something that you can find anywhere. You can’t just hop on over to the nearest department store and buy them. However, you can find organic summer and spring bulbs right here! Check out the array of beautiful flowers and bulbs:

10 ‘Ziva’ Paperwhite Flower Bulbs


PEONY ROOT – Coral Charm – Organic

Ranunculus Mix Holland Flower Bulbs

Orange Emperor, Red Tipped Perennial Tulip Bulbs, Orange Flowers


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