The best time to get your Spring bulbs in the ground is when the soil temps reach approximately 60 degrees. In the northern Midwest, it’s usually between mid-September to mid-October and can even extend into November. My rule of thumb is if the ground isn’t frozen, I can still plant a bulb!
Plant your bulbs 3-4 times as deep as the bulb is tall. A bulb planting tool works great for this. I am particularly fond of layering bulbs since I have limited space.
I’m not sure how many bulbs I’ll plant this year as I don’t have much in the way of sun. Bulbs require at least half a day of sun to thrive. And more than that is even better. In my shady yard I don’t get quite stellar results, but any peek of color come Spring is welcome.
I almost always force hyacinth bulbs indoors so that I have a beautiful, fragrant bloom in March or April. They make a great hostess gift for Easter dinner.
- Purchase and plant bulbs
- Clean up and cut back spent blossoms and foliage
- Fertilize your lawn