The Best Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

The weather outside is frightful, but it’s the BEST time of year to plant spring bulbs. The rule of thumb for Spring-flowering bulbs is to plant after the first freeze.

Technically, bulbs should be planted in soil that has cooled to approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit, although in greater Atlanta, bulbs can be planted anytime in the early Winter until the ground has frozen. When we experience a particularly mild Fall season (like we have this most recent season), bulbs may be cooled in ventilated packages placed in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator for a few weeks before planting. The cool conditions help ensure that the bulb will root before the onset of winter and the stems do not emerge until Spring.

Bulbs are relatively hearty, but do require special care when planting. In particular, the depth and spacing are important for the plant’s success. Spacing recommendations vary, based on the type of bulb. A layer of mulch or pine straw will also help insulate and protect the bulbs.

Here is a handy list of Spring-flowering bulbs are well-suited for our climate and soil types here in north Atlanta:

  • Crocus
  • Daffodil (Narcissus)
  • Lillis
  • Tulips
  • Bluebells
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Amaryllis

Do you like a variety of splashy Spring colors? A striking bed of uniform blooms? Or a simple, sunny gathering of yellow flowers? Bulbs come in a variety of styles and colors, and can be selected to suit your overall landscape design. Take a minute to visualize how you would like your landscape to look next Spring – including the size, shape and shade of the flowers – before selecting the specific type of bulbs to be planted.

Another factor for consideration includes the type of wildlife visiting your landscape. For example, do you want bulbs that attract the local deer population? Deer love Tulips and Crocus, but don’t like Hyacinth and Daffodils.

Do you want to be greeted by Spring flowers, but don’t have the time to plant bulbs during the busy holiday season? We’re here to help! Contact us today to schedule a professional installation of bulbs in your flowerbeds, and we can plant the bulbs you provide. You’ll be thanking yourself in the Spring!

Photo credit: Arturo Yee