by Amanda Murphy, OCNT • Grower, Core & Landscape; Account Manager
It’s bulb planting season! The leaves are falling off the trees, so it's time to plant bulbs for early spring color in your gardens.
Here are some helpful planting practices for best results:
Bulbs require at least six hours of sunlight, so be sure to choose a sunny location.
Keep in mind that early in the spring season, leaves are not yet present on trees, so don’t let that deter you from planting in areas under trees. By the time the leaves start growing, bulbs are almost finished for the season.
Most bulbs grow best in rich, well-drained soil full of organic matter. Too much moisture or over watering can cause the bulb to rot.
The best general rule for knowing how deep to plant the bulb is to plant it three times as deep as the bulb is tall, with the roots facing down and pointy end up.
From mid October to late November is usually the best time for planting bulbs in Ohio's Zone 6. Nightly temps hover around 40-50 degrees and the ground hasn’t frozen at this point yet.
There are many bulbs to choose from. Most likely your favorite nursery will only sell bulbs that are meant for fall planting. Pay attention that you’re planting bulbs that bloom in the spring like Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Bluebells, Amenone or one of our favorites Fritillaria! Others like, Gladiolus, Dahlias and Ranunculus are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer.
An easy way to remember best time for planting bulbs is... If it blooms in the spring, plant it in the fall. If it blooms in the summer, plant in the spring.
Once you chosen the best spot to plant and which bulbs, simply dig the hole according to size, cover with soil, then a light layer of mulch or compost and water them in. Then wait with anticipation all winter until just the right sunny day early spring for that first hint of green popping up in your garden!