There’s good reason why beginning and experienced gardeners alike love to plant bulbs in the fall. It’s easy to do, and come next spring, the results are fabulous!
For best results, plant your fall bulbs as soon as the ground is cool but at least six weeks before it freezes.
Ideally, you should plant them as soon as they arrive at your home from a garden catalog or your local garden center, However, you can store bulbs in a cool, dry place for a month or so before planting them if necessary.
Keep labels with the bulbs until you get them planted so you know where the different varieties are when you plant them.
You can plant bulbs in any well-drained soil in your garden. Prepare the soil by digging it so it’s loose and workable. Add some organic matter if necessary to improve soil nutrition.
Plant bulbs with the pointy end up. Big bulbs should be planted about 8″ deep and small bulbs about 5″ deep. You don’t need to fertilize them for the first year’s growth.
The second year, spread an organic fertilizer such as compost or well-rotted cow manure, or a slow release bulb food on top of the soil.
Plant bulbs in clusters, which concentrate color for greatest impact. Even small clusters can make a super spring show.
Plant bulbs for high growing plants in the back of the bed and those for lower growers in front of them unless the low growing bulbs bloom early and the tall bulbs bloom late, in which case reverse the order so the green foliage in the front .camouflages the dying foliage in the back.
You can also plant small bulbs in a layer right on top of large bulbs for an interesting double-decker effect, or plant mid-and late-season bloomers together for a display that blooms successively for a entire season of color!