Gardening with Flower Bulbs

Whether it’s lilies, tulips or something entirely different, planting a flower garden full of bulb plants is a great way to go. The project is relatively simple, even for those without a green thumb, and it’s one that will pay off with some great looking rewards. Bulbs are known to sprout some of the most beautiful and easy to maintain flowers going.

Getting started with a flowerbed of bulbs involves some careful planning to be successful, however. In general, bulbs need to be planted before winter hits for a spring bloom. This means putting the bulbs desired in the ground before the ground gets cold. Cool is perfect, but hot or cold are not. Typically, in areas where it freezes, the recommendation is to put them in the ground several weeks before the first freeze is expected.

Once the timing for planting bulbs is down, location is the next critical consideration. The bulbs should be planted in an area where the soil drains well. Bulbs will rot if the soil stays too wet, so this is important. If you don’t have a spot like this, build up a bed to accommodate bulbs. The next important thing to take into account is how much water the area you’d like to plant receives. Bulbs tend to need a lot of sunlight and well-nourished soil to do well.

While most bulbs don’t require a lot of care to get going beyond proper planting procedures, they do like soil that’s loose. A little bit of compost or fertilizer doesn’t hurt, however, especially if it’s a new flowerbed you’re dealing with.

With everything ready to go, pick out the bulbs you’d like to plant. The desired placement of the eventual flowers should be considered along with the types of colors and flowers you’d like to have sprout up come spring. Bulbs do well clumped together for a dramatic effect, but don’t look so hot planted in neat rows since it’s possible some of them will not be brought to fruition.

When planting bulbs, it’s best to follow nursery or package directions for the types you’ve chosen. The depth of the planting should be about eight inches per bulb. Make sure to cover the bulb with soil, but don’t pack it too tightly.

A fun project that starts in the cooler months and pays off in the spring, bulb planting is pretty easy to get going. All that’s really required beyond the bulbs is a little time and patience.