Most people do not regret planting bulbs in during the cold days of Fall when they see their little tips pushing through the soil in the warm days of Spring. But, many folks regret NOT planting them when they see the beauty bulbs can add to flower beds surrounding your home.
It takes a little extra work to plant Spring blooming bulbs
in the Fall, but it is worth it. Follow
these hints and tips for ensure success:
Choose areas to plant bulbs that will have sunshine in the Springtime; that could mean an area that is shady in the Summer from leafy trees, but gets sun when the leaves are not yet on the trees. These areas must have well draining soil as bulbs will rot in soil that is always wet.
Consider planting close to emerging, existing perennials so the blooming bulbs are the focus while the perennial is coming to size and then when the bulb is done blooming, the perennial will hide the decaying foliage. Once the bulb has bloomed, remove the bloom stem but leave the foliage to gather strength from the sun and nourish the bulb (for next year) under the soil. Each variety is different, but the time for this to occur is generally 4-6 weeks. When the foliage is yellow and unsightly AND, when tugged, it pulls away from the ground easily, it is fine to remove.
Plant in groupings – odd numbers are best. Mix the groupings with different colours of the same bulb or tulips mixed with narcissus (daffodils) so the odour of the daff bulb extends to the tulip in the same hole and the pesky rodents stay away.
Daffs are not eaten up by squirrels because the oxalic acid (not harmful to humans) deters them. If you are having a big problem with squirrels, plant only daffodils/narcissus
When planting bulbs, keep your area clean of bulb debris (husks from the bulbs) and cover the planting area with leaves to disguise that it was a newly planted area – this trick will fool that squirrels
Squirrels will only dig as far as they can see peripherally, so plant bulbs a little deeper than the recommended 3X height of the bulb (with pointy end up). At 6-7” down (for tulips/daffs) a squirrel will abandon digging because it is not longer safe (from predators) for it to continue.
After planting bulbs, water the area well and then wait and enjoy their beauty in the Spring.
Below is a bullet list of the tips and suggestions we offer while chatting with you in the Hydrangea section:
Yes, Late Summer/Fall is a fine time to plant hydrangeas. BUT you must be committed to watering them well for about 3-4 weeks or more to help establish a root base. Do not plant now (wait to Spring) if you can not do this.
The word Hydrate is (somewhat) in the name. They take a lot of water when first planted and also during periods of drought in years to come. To water each plant, lay the hose at the base of each plant and let the water run freely for 5 or more minutes.
Hydrangeas anchor a flower bed or can be a focal point. Consider planting them in odd numbers.
Hydrangeas bloom usually from mid-July to late Fall.
The hydrangeas we sell all benefit from a cut down in late Fall or early Spring (after Hallowe’en or before Easter). If you cut them to your knees (average height person for example), they will grow and bloom at the height of your chest. If you never cut them down they will grow to 6-8 feet tall.
Hydrangeas will cone shaped blooms (Panicle Hydrangeas: Limelight (pictured), Pinky Winky, Quickfire, Firelight, Phantom…) are very hardy in our area and should bloom profusely in your gardens that have at least 6 hours of sun.
If you have less sun, your choices are limited to Annabelle/Snowball Hydrangea (although do consider the improved version of this plant, stockier and less likely to flop over), called Incrediball) and round headed varieties of the Arborescens family. These plants also benefit from a cut back each late Fall or early Spring.
Avoid the Macrophylla Hydrangeas (round headed with blue, pink, lavender-like blooms) that are mainly sold in box stores. These varieties set bud in the Fall, for the next Spring, and we are so cold in our zone that the buds burn off leaving a very pretty, very green plant the following year.
Good soil added to yearly (compost or Triple Mix) helps keep your plants healthy.
Welcome to the 2019 season! We are officially opening, after our winter hibernation, on Friday March 01. We are so excited to share with you fresh new merchandise, our new “terrarium bar”, beautiful Spring blooming plants, a lovely selection of indoor houseplants and so much more!