If you’re like me, constantly busy with work and everyday life, you may not have had a chance to plant your bulbs. Other tasks took priority, and now you’re remembering all the things you didn’t get done. So is it too late to plant your bulbs in December? The short answer is no, it’s not late at all! But there are a few things you should do to help late bloomers.
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Planting flower bulbs in December – tips on how to do it right.
Flower bulbs are usually planted in the fall or spring, but in reality they can be put in the ground at any time as long as you can dig a hole. There are many types of bulbs you can plant in December, including lilies, hyacinths, daffodils and tulips, and these are just a few. Although each plant is different, you can generally grow them the same way, but you should always follow the instructions that come with each bulb.
Step 1: Plant your bulbs in early winter if possible. You cannot plant them if the ground is frozen. If this is the case, put the bulbs in a thick plastic bag available at your home and garden store. Then store the bulbs in a cool, dark and dry place, such as your garage. However, plant them as soon as possible if you can successfully dig holes.
Step 2: Plant the bulbs about 8 to 15 inches apart, depending on the species. Tulips and daffodils, for example, spread and grow quickly and should be planted about 25 inches apart, while crocuses and snowdrops should be planted only 8 inches apart.
Step 3: Plan your bulbs together in groups. You can even mix different varieties. Place smaller growing plants toward the front and larger ones toward the back.
Planting bulbs in winter – Also follow these steps.
Step 4: Dig holes that are about 12 inches deep for small bulbs and 20 inches deep for large bulbs. The diameter of the hole should be twice the size of the bulb.
Step 5: Place the bulbs in the soil with the pointed end facing up. This is the end from which the sprout will grow.
Step 6: Mix some compost or peat moss into the soil you just dug up. Cover the bulbs with this new soil mixture. Tap the soil firmly with your hands to avoid air pockets.
Step 7: Cover the area with mulch. A few inches of mulch will keep the bulbs warm in the soil until spring. You may see green shoots begin to sprout and bloom soon after. If not, they should bloom the next season.
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From planting to flowering – How much time do bulbs need.
As a general rule, bulbs that are to bloom in the first few months of the year should ideally be planted about six weeks or more before the soil hardens with the first frosts. Onions, however, are spectacularly hardy. If they are firm and plump, stored properly, and planted in soil that can still be dug over, you will likely be rewarded with blooms for several months after planting. Even if you plant the bulbs in the new year, you will often be rewarded with a bloom.
It’s important to plant your bulbs as soon as possible, because if you don’t keep them in the ground all winter, they could die. They are even better off in frosty soil than in a bag in the shed.
Planting bulbs in pots – What should you pay attention to.
Bulbs planted in pots are more susceptible to frost than those planted in the ground. Covering your pots with bubble wrap is the best way to protect them from frost. But if that’s too much of a hassle for you, you can also place them under a covered area or an evergreen hedge.
Bulbs in pots will need some water over the winter, but don’t over water. The soil should not stay wet. If you planted your pots too late, store them in a shed or garage, water a little once a month, and then move them outside in the spring. If you don’t want to keep the bulbs in the pot, you can move them to a spot in your garden after they sprout.
Conclusion: take your chance! In any case, it’s better to plant bulbs even in December – either in the ground or in a refrigerated pot – than to let them rot in your garage or closet. Nature intended bulbs to survive. Every year, stories are told of bulbs that were planted under the most unlikely circumstances and then bloomed.
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