Purple tulips blooming in spring garden

Best Bulbs To Plant In Fall

Bulbs that are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring are known as spring bulbs or hardy bulbs. There are several types to choose from, including these popular choices:

  • Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Crocus
  • Irises
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Aliums
  • Snowdrops

How To Choose Bulbs

Planting bulbs that will successfully bloom in spring begins with knowing how to pick quality bulbs.

  • Select healthy bulbs — Bulbs should be plump and firm. Avoid bulbs that feel soft and mushy or show any signs of mold.
  • Big bulbs are better — Large bulbs, though more expensive, are likely to produce more flowers

Get Ready For Planting

When preparing to plant bulbs, choose an area that receives lots of sunlight. Additionally, think about how you want your bulbs to grow. Planting bulbs offers several options for adding visual appeal, including:

  • Layering plant heights in a formal garden
  • Integrating bulbs into existing flower beds
  • Scattering bulbs around your yard
  • Planting bulbs in clusters throughout your landscape

How To Plant Bulbs

Once you have selected your spring-blooming bulbs and decided where you want to plant them, it’s time to get your bulbs in the ground.

  • Start with healthy soil — Plant bulbs in loose, well-drained soil enhanced with organic matter and fertilizer.
  • Plant at the right depth — Bulbs can be planted individually or more than one to a hole. For best results, make sure to plant your bulbs pointy side up in a hole that is two to three times the height of the bulbs.
  • Cover and water — Backfill hole after planting bulbs and water generously to remove air pockets.
  • Planting Tip: If unsure which side of a bulb is up, look for roots coming out of one end and plant that side down or place bulb on its side in the hole and let nature shift it into the right growing direction.

Care And Maintenance

After planting, bulbs require special attention throughout the fall and winter to become vibrant flowers in spring.

  • Water bulbs immediately after planting and as needed throughout the growing season.
  • Prevent weeds by spreading a layer of mulch over soil.
  • Keep squirrels and other critters from digging up bulbs by covering the growing area with mesh or chicken wire.