The Best Spring Bulbs and How to Grow Them

As the weather is getting warmer and the holidays are long gone, you undoubtedly have started waiting for spring more and more impatiently. And naturally you are willing to spend more time outdoors in the backyard and are already considering your spring gardening and planting options. And surely, bulbs are always on the top of the list. 

What you need to know about planting bulbs?

Bulbs are the guarantee for a colorful and beautiful garden and their planting seems pretty straightforward. As with anything else, however, there are some hints that could help you make the most of the experience and the result. Here, we have all the necessary details summarized for you. 

Location and Timing 

Even the most qualitative bulbs will die, if not planted on the right location. And in most of the cases, sunny spots are required, so if your garden gets less than 5-6 hours of sunshine, then your endeavour would probably fail. Another key aspect is also the right timing. There are bulbs that would bloom in spring and have to be planted in the autumn. So if you haven’t started your preparation in September or October, don’t expect to have tulips this year. Either ways, most bulb packages come with detailed directions. Do not be overconfident, but take your time to go through them carefully. 

Planting pattern

The way you plant the bulbs also matters. The eternal question is how deep you need to plant your bulb and while there may not be a super clear answer, in general a hole three times deeper than the bulb may be just right. Another key aspect is putting the bulb in the soil with the pointed end facing up. 

Care

Once you’ve planted your bulbs, the success lays in the time you spend taking care. And by care here we generally mean watering and fertilizing. Especially when springs are rather dry, air pockets form in the soil and could leave your bulbs without enough moisture. So make sure, you water them regularly and enough. Luckily, bulbs do not require specialized chemical fertilizers, but adding some soil with organic matter would boost their growth. 

Top 5 best bulbs to grow this spring

Now that we’ve cleared the fact that there is a specific set of bulbs which must be planted in the spring to bloom in the summer, why not check the five best options here. 

Freesia

They come in a wide range of colors and have an amazing fragrance. In addition, freesias could be planted indoors first and moved in the garden only when the weather conditions allow. Plant them at least 2 inches deep and at least 2 inches apart and keep in mind that they look best when planted in masses. Once in the soil, they are expected to bloom in 10-12 weeks. 

Gladioli

With their large and ruffled blooms, gladioli never remain unnoticed. And they grow very well in the borders, as they tolerate partial shade and well-drained soil. Plant them at least 4 inches deep and at least 6 inches apart. The entire cycle of planting, rooting, and blooming takes approximately 60 days. 

Peonies

The best part about peonies is their long-lasting foliage. Another interesting fact is that they are perennials and may outlive you, as they require little care, once they are planted properly. The only thing to keep in mind is that they do not like transplanting, so choose your location carefully. Water them well and apply fertilizers only after they start blooming in summer. 

Begonias

They have rose-like blooms and come in any color. In addition, they are the exception and do prefer shady environments, so plant them where other flowers would not grow. Space them 8 inches apart, water them regularly and make sure to deadhead them regularly by removing the dead blossoms. 

Lilies

There is hardly a person with an interest in gardening who is unaware of the beautiful trumpet-like bloomed lilies. Unlike begonias, lilies adore sun, so 6-8 hours of sunshine are a must. Space bulbs 8 to 10 inches apart and for better results in groups of 3 to 5.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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