Planting bulbs – flower to the ear!
Autumn is coming, and this means that the time has come to plant flower bulbs again! Planting flower bulbs is simple, even if you have never done so before. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! Bring everyone into the garden and turn it into a family activity. With these tips and tricks, you will learn exactly how and when to plant the bulbs, depending on when they bloom, spring or summer.
What is the difference between spring and summer bulbs?
Before you start planting, it is important to know about the different types of bulbs. If you plant the wrong bulbs at the wrong time, all you will have is an empty garden. Among the bulbs that bloom in spring are well-known species, such as tulips. Plant them in autumn, so that you can enjoy their beautiful flowers in spring, when they will bloom at the same time as the famous tulip fields in the Netherlands. Summer bulbs are planted when the spring ones bloom. As the name suggests, summer bulbs brighten up your summer garden. Spring bulbs look almost identical to summer ones.
If you want a sea of flowers in spring, plant them in autumn!
The most famous bulbs are those that bloom in spring, such as those that grow in the legendary Keukenhof flower garden. The first spring bulbs to bloom are snowdrops and Eranthis cilicica. After that, the spring guests will start to appear one after the other: you can expect branduses , daffodils to fill your garden with color from February to June.
When should you plant spring bulbs and when do they bloom?
It is best to plant spring flower bulbs between mid-September and late December. Of course, there are always exceptions: you can wait until early spring to plant flowers such as Amaryllis or Lilium. The perfect time for planting is when the temperature drops below 10 ° C. Then it’s time to plant your garden to your heart’s content. All flower bulbs need are a few weeks below 8 ° C, although the duration varies depending on the type and size of the bulb. The colder it gets and the longer the cold lasts, the better they will eventually bloom. Make sure the bulbs are in the ground before the first frost, otherwise they may freeze. In the event of frosts below -10 ° C, we recommend covering the ground where the bulbs are planted. Snow does not hurt flower bulbs.
The flowering period varies depending on the type of bulb and the planting period. The first bulbs to emerge from the ground are snowdrops, which appear in January. Lilium is the last bulb that blooms in spring. Some consider it to be a summer bulb, because it blooms in June or July. As I said before, all bulbs need a cold period to grow, and the flowers will appear faster if the beginning of the year is warm (above 10 ° C). This means that the weather controls when the bulbs bloom. The longer and harder the winter, the more and stronger your plants will bloom.