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Fall Bulbs

  • September 7, 2012
  • Written by Terry Drimmie

Planting Fall Bulbs For Spring Color

Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus and a number of smaller bulbs can be grown in our Saskatchewan gardens. Start by working your soil well. Mix in a bulb fertilizer to promote excellent growth and to prevent rot. Bulbs can be planted from September until frost. Plant most bulbs in full sun. Follow directions on the package for planting depth. As a general rule, plant large bulbs - (tulips & daffodils) to a depth of 2-3 times their height. Most bulbs are best planted in groups rather than straight rows. Bulbs start producing roots soon after planting so be sure to water well. If bulbs are planted in an exposed open area you may want to mulch with dry leaves after freeze up to avoid thawing and re-freezing.

Sit back, enjoy the winter and wait for a burst of color in the spring!


 

Forcing Hyacinths

Hyacinths can be easily forced into bloom during the winter months. Use any container which is twice as high as the bulb and has drainage holes. Plant 1 bulb per 4" pot. Plant so tips are even with the soil surface. Water thoroughly. Place in a cool (about 40ºF - 50°F), dark, well-ventilated area for 13 weeks or until shoots are 2"-3" high. Move to a warm well-lit area & keep moist.

Hyacinths can also be forced in Hyacinth glasses. The bottom of the bulb should be just at water level in the lower section of the glass. Add water to maintain this level. Cool the bulbs as before, to about 40ºF - 50°F  - Placing them in a fridge works well too but be sure they don't freeze. When shoots are 2"-3" high, bring them out to a warm well-lit area.

A number of other bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus & Grape Hyacinth can also be forced in soil similar to Hyacinth bulbs.

To place a bulb order you can call 1-800-667-1159.

Written by: Terry Drimmie - Early's Seed Department.