Tips on Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs in Atlanta

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spring_flowering_bulbs.jpgReady, Set….. Plant!  The rule of thumb for Spring-flowering bulbs is to plant after the first freeze.  That means gardeners need to be planning ahead for Spring blooms in the late Fall/early Winter. 

Technically, bulbs should be planted in soil that has cooled to approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit, although in the greater Atlanta area, bulbs can be planted anytime in the late Fall until the ground has frozen.  If we are experiencing a particularly mild Fall and Winter 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. 

Would you like to plant Spring-flowering bulbs, but are not sure what will thrive here in northern Atlanta?  According to horticulturists at the UGA extension, the following Spring-flowering bulbs are well-suited for our climate and soil types here in central Georgia:

  • 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.  

Ready to plant?  Bulbs are relatively hearty, but care does need to be taken 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.    

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

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