Why Plant Bulbs in Fall?
Planting bulbs is fast, easy, and almost foolproof. Certainly more economical than buying plants at a nursery in spring, bulb planting gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps you to visualize and design your garden.
When purchasing fall bulbs, keep three things in mind to ensure you take home healthy bulbs that will produce beautiful spring flowers.
• Look: Take a peek at the bulbs in the bag to ensure you don’t see any mildew or mold on the bulbs. If you do, skip over that bag. But if you notice some nicks in the bulbs or loose skin (tunic), don’t worry as both of these are okay.
• Feel: Touch the bulb is to ensure it is firm, not mushy. Soft bulbs are sure signs of rotting.
• Size: Larger bulbs produce larger blooms. Try to choose the largest sized bulb available for each type of flower.
Images and tips courtesy of Dig Drop Done, a North American bulb education campaign. Chart on Slide 5 courtesy of Netherland Bulb Company. Slides 11 and 13 courtesy of Visions Pictures.