The cold will encourage root growth and will allow them to have beautiful flowers when the time comes for them to bloom.
On the other hand
They can’t be planted during winter because the ground will be freezing.
As such, the roots will not develop as they should.
Another important note
You can’t plant them too early in the autumn either.
What happens is that they might sprout too early and will be met with winter when they should be dormant.
Research about your plant and when the best time to plant that specific species so that they will have the best spring bloom.
If you want to just play it by ear (or touch), just make sure that the ground is cool enough but not freezing.
What if the ground is already freezing?
Then pot the bulb.
Plant them in pots and just transplant them once they have sprouted.
Or you can leave them in the pots if you want. If you do, please use the large pots or containers.
Tips in Planting Spring Bulbs
Planting spring bulbs seems pretty clear-cut.
As long as you plant them at the appropriate time and you have the right soil for gardening, then you are set to go.
Still, there are some tips to make sure that they grow healthy and beautiful.
1. Plant the right bulbs
You have to be discerning when you plant the bulbs.
The healthier they are, the healthier and more beautiful your flowers will be.
So, how do you choose the bulbs?
You need to look for high-quality bulbs. You will know that you have a good one when it is firm.
Hold the bulbs. If they are soft, then they are not good.
Don’t get me wrong
They will still grow and bloom but may not be the beauty you would expect them to be.
Also, find some big ones.
You know what they say
Big bulbs make big flowers.
Okay, not sure they really say that. However, big bulbs really do bloom more.
2. Plant at the right spot
The actual bulbs may thrive in colder ground but they actually need at least six hours of sunlight.
Also, make sure you have good drainage in the place where you plant the bulbs.
3. Depth should be at least 2x the height of the bulb
Give the bulb enough breathing space below the ground.
This means the depth of the hole should be two to three times the height of the bulb.
In other words
If you have a two-inch bulb, you need to dig a four- to six-inch-deep hole.
4. Provide proper care
This is a given, of course.
Unlike many other plants, spring bulbs don’t need to be babied.
What does this mean?
They need care but they don’t need too much.
You just need to provide them with the basic care you give regular plants.
Duh! Just like most plants, spring bulbs need to be watered regularly.
As earlier mentioned, they also need to be exposed to sunlight at least six hours a day.
You need to make sure this happens before you even start planting. You need to plan out and find the space where sunlight exposure is best.
On the other hand, if you plant the spring bulbs in containers, then you make sure they get ample sunlight especially if they are kept indoors.
Plants as beautiful as spring bulbs deserve to be seen!
5. Remove the weeds
This is a major part of providing proper care for plants.
For emphasis, let’s discuss this part separately.
No! No! No!
Weeds are a definite no-no.
For obvious reasons, they are ugly! They will steal the thunder of the spring bulbs.
Speaking of stealing
Weeds also steal nutrients from the plants.
Weeds compete for attention and nutrients. When they are around, some of the vitamins and nutrients that should go to the plants will go to them.
When spring bulbs bloom, it’s like the best thing that ever happened to your yard. They are just exquisite! They are colorful and a feast for the eyes. They are not hard to grow, too. You just need the basic knowledge to make it bloom the way they should.
What is that specific knowledge? You have to know the best time to plant spring bulbs. They are called spring bulbs because they are supposed to bloom between March and June. Although, some bloom as early as January.
The best time to plant them is in the autumn–that would be around September to October. This means that the ground is cool but not freezing. This is the best climate for the spring bulbs to develop their roots. By spring, they blossom!
However, there is something that you also need to consider. Different species thrive in different circumstances. The best way is always to plant the spring bulb according to its needs. This needs research.