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Planting Fall Bulbs
Planting Fall Bulbs
Marisa Christiano | October 21, 2015

If you're looking to bring your garden back to life with bigger and bolder color next spring, look no further! By planting perennial bulbs this fall, you'll be able to add plenty of interesting colors and texture to your garden.

Perennial bulbs, which are also known as naturalizing bulbs, are flowers that grow from one singular root. When planted in the fall, they gradually grow into full blossoms in the spring and summer! And, as an added bonus, they continue to grow year after year!
By combining perennial bulbs with annual flowers, which don't typically make a reoccurrence, you will be able to grow a larger flower variety regardless of soil condition. Simply, select a well-drained area to plant your bulbs; planting in low spots that are too wet will make the bulbs more susceptible to rotting.

As with most plants, you'll need to plant fall bulbs well before the ground reaches colder temperatures. A ground temperature of just under 60° F after the first frost is best. Once the outdoor temperatures are satisfactory, dig a hole two to three times as deep as the width of your bulb (with the flat side down and the nose facing up). For the best visual appeal, plant bulbs in groups; this
configuration will generate a thicker and more plentiful flower bed. Use a trowel to dig a hole, and a bulb planter for easy planting. Then, cover the bulbs with soil.
TIP: To prevent weed growth near your bulbs, apply an inch or two of mulch to the surface of your garden bed. Mulch not only prevents weeds from breaking through the soil surface, but it also helps impede weed seeds from obtaining nutrients in the soil.
Right after planting, remember to water your bulbs so they can start taking root. Water the bulbs an inch each week after planting unless there has been recent rainfall. And, with the first sign of sprouting, you should apply a layer of fertilizer to accelerate the growing process. Apply another helping of fertilizer once you notice the leaves dying back.

To preserve their energy and ensure that they will grow back next year, deadhead the flowers before they start dying. By removing old blossoms and seed heads from the plants, they will remain healthy and help fresh blooms last longer.
TIP: If you decide to plant bulbs in the spring and not in the fall, you should chill the bulbs in a mesh bag and stick it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. This will induce the bulbs into a dormant state, allowing them to be planted in the spring.
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