Rather than buying a grown plant or raising a flower from a seed, bulbs are a great way to get colorful flowers in your garden this spring. Overall, bulbs are pretty self-reliant in the garden once they are planted. Once they are put in their appropriate spot, they normally rebloom for years after being planted.

 

Preparation

To ensure that your bulbs will come back next year, pull back the brush and fallen leaves of fall and put some fertilizer on top of the bulbs. It may feel appropriate to clean up any dead plant matter from the bulb but leave it, it will help for next year’s bloom. It is best to plant your bulbs in the fall for their best chance of blooming in the spring.

 

Common bulbs

Colorful flowers are what normally come from bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are the most popular bulb-growing plants. Hyacinth, Crocus, and Canna are also flowers that grow from bulbs. These are all considered quite easy plants to grow, as well.

 

How to Plant Them

The rule of thumb for bulb planting is to dig a hole that is three times deeper than the bulb itself. For example, if your bulb is three inches, you will want to dig a hole nine inches deep. Be sure to also plant the bulb tip towards the sky. If you are planting multiple bulbs in a close area, make sure to till the soil so it will make it easy to plant multiple bulbs. Also be sure to spread each bulb four inches apart from one another.

 

Bulbs and Other Flowers

When pairing bulbs with other flowers, like perennials, it is a good idea to put naturalizing bulbs around the perennials. This is because perennials will hide the bulb foliage as it dies back in preparation for next year. An auger is a great tool for planting those bulbs in tight spaces.

Bulb-growing plants and spring are synonymous. Yet, you can create a diverse and colorful garden with a nice mix of bulb plants, perennials, and any other fun plants you would like to see grow in your garden.