Learn When to Plant Spring Bulbs for a Gorgeous Spring Garden
It’s easy to fill your spring garden with color and fragrance when you plant flower bulbs. There’s an amazing variety of bulbs to choose from: snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, anemones, irises, and alliums will reward you with a floral parade that lasts for months. But when should you plant them? Read our guide to learn when to plant spring bulbs in your area.
When to Plant Spring Bulbs in Cooler Areas
In the coldest areas, zones 1 - 4, spring bulbs should be planted in early fall so that their roots become established before the ground freezes. Heavy snowfall will give the bulbs some protection from freezing temperatures but if it doesn’t snow, mulching the bed or border will help to protect the bulbs over the winter.
When to Plant Spring Bulbs in Warmer Zones
In warmer locations, spring bulbs can be planted as late as early December. Some flower bulbs need a period of several weeks at a cold temperature to produce the best blooms, so in zones 7 - 11, you should chill daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths in a refrigerator for 8 - 10 weeks before planting. Bulbs such as amaryllis can be planted without a period of chilling.
When to Plant Spring Bulbs Indoors
Are you planning to plant flower bulbs in pots to enjoy indoors over the winter and early spring? They should be planted in September if you want them to bloom for the holiday season, and through December for a colorful display in spring. Paperwhite narcissi and amaryllis originate in warm climates so do not require chilling. Most other types of bulbs will need a period of chilling before planting for a successful indoor display.
Now that you know when to plant your spring bulbs, all that remains is to choose which varieties to plant. For more inspiration, browse our spring bulb collection, where you will discover a dazzling array of tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, as well as some exclusive new varieties.