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Planting winter bulbs: When is the right time to plant the yellow early bloomers?

Our gardens soon go into hibernation, and you can briefly recover from gardening until the new season begins. But in order for spring to show its flowering splendor as early as possible, you should still plant some early bloomers in the garden in late autumn. In addition to the popular snowdrops and crocuses, winter bulbs should not be missed. The yellow early bloomers are a real enrichment for the garden in spring and can set beautiful color accents. But when should you plant wintercreepers – right now in autumn or rather at the beginning of spring? We have the answer.

The Winterling: yellow early bloomer with great opacity

Winter bulbs are yellow early bloomers and form flower carpets

The small winterling (Eranthis hyemalis) is a spring bloomer of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). It is native to the forests of Western Europe, but is also widespread elsewhere. Often you can see the winter bulb peeking through the snow in the first days of spring and blooming even before the crocuses. Characteristic of the winter bulb are its golden-yellow, buttercup-like flowers and the foliage that grows just below the flower head. The small plant grows up to 15 cm high and can therefore form a beautiful carpet of flowers. However, it should be noted that the plant is poisonous to humans and animals.

When to plant winter bulbs?

There is actually no clear answer to this question, because both autumn and spring are suitable for planting wintercreepers. It depends on which method of planting you choose.

  • In the fall, the tubers of the winter bulb are placed in the ground. September and October are best for this, but if the weather is mild (as it was this year), November is also a convenient time for planting.
  • In early spring, plant flowering winterlings directly. For this, the soil must be frost-free, so choose one of the first warm days in February or March. This method of planting works better.

Planting the tubers of winter bulbs: Instructions and tips

Winter bulbs bulbs planting how deep tips

Like most other spring flowers, such as crocuses, tulips and daffodils, these pretty plants are grown from tubers, not bulbs. The tubers store nutrients for the plant, allowing the wintergreen to overwinter well and survive harsh winters.

You should plant winter bulb tubers about 10 inches apart and 5 to 7 inches deep to protect them from winter temperatures. Like most other spring bulbs, you should plant winter bulb tubers in the fall to prepare them for the next growing season.

How to properly care for the early bloomer

Planting winter bulbs - Eranthis shoots first from the ground in the spring

The winter bulb does well when neglected and requires little to no care once planted. It is virtually pest and disease free, resistant to wildlife and tolerates a variety of light conditions. Once established, the wintergreen can self-seed and naturalize over time, forming beautiful flower carpets.

Light: The wintergreen tolerates a variety of light conditions, from partial shade to full sun. However, it grows most vigorously in a location that receives at least five to six hours of direct sunlight daily.

Soil: This hardy plant thrives in most soil types, but grows best in alkaline soils. Wintergreen is native to forests with evenly moist, well-drained soils that are high in organic matter. Planting in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil helps mimic the plant’s natural habitat. Therefore, a regular supply of humus is necessary, such as from fallen leaves or mature compost.

Watering: Winter bulbs require consistent moisture throughout the year. During particularly hot, dry periods, plants may need additional watering. However, as long as it is planted in suitable soil, the winterling does not require regular watering in most cases.

Temperature and Humidity: Winterling flowers are sensitive to temperature changes. They bloom best in warm, sunny weather and close in cold, overcast weather. However, the early bloomer needs warm spring and summer weather to sprout and bloom. The plant tolerates some humidity.

Fertilizing: Winter bulbs do not require regular fertilization. The best way to encourage healthy growth is to amend the soil with compost each spring to provide the plants with additional nutrients each year.