Spring Bulbs Tips & Tricks

Spring Bulbs Tips & Tricks

Posted by Sheila Macias on Mar 24th 2023

Bulb storage until planting

  • Bulbs cannot be planted outside until the soil is 50° or more.
  • Store in a cool, dark, dry spot until a few days before planting 40° - 50°
  • 2-3 days before planting bring them into room temperature to wake up for planting.

Begonias (not winter hardy)

  • Start indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost.
  • Put in a warm area around 70° with the concave side up. This is where the “eyes” will sprout.
  • Plant with just an inch of soil over the top. Water well, put in a part sun location with either morning or afternoon sun.

Dahlias (not winter hardy)

  • These do best when started outdoors. Soil temperature should be at least 60°
  • Plant in full sun, out of the wind and DO NOT WATER. Put a support stake in when planting so not to damage tubers when plant is mature.
  • Dahlias should not be watered until there is a sprout showing. Do not cover it with mulch. Dahlias like warm roots.

Freesia (not winter hardy)

  • When the soil is at least 60° plant 2” deep, 3” apart, tip up in a sunny location.
  • The stems need support as they grow. Keep moist but not soggy.
  • These bloom 10-12 weeks after being planted. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer like 20-20-20

Gladiolus (not winter hardy)

  • These bloom late summer. Some varieties can take 90 days or more to bloom. Great late summer color.
  • Mulch around plants to keep soil moist.
  • For cut flowers, plant in rows. For showy blooms plant in clusters of 7 or more.

Lilies – Zones 3-8 (these overwinter outside)

  • Plant in full sun, at a depth 3 times the height of the bulb. 2” bulb plant 6” deep.
  • Easy to grow and maintain. Toxic to cats, even the pollen.
  • For best effect, plant in groups of 3-5