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Sep 07

Get Your Flower Beds Ready for Spring Blooming Bulbs

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 4:24 PM by Wendy Jorgensen

Now is a great time to buy spring bloomingBlue Iris bulbs. In fact, the Collin County Master Gardeners’ Annual Bulb and Perennial Mart is Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Myers Park & Event Center. Come early for best selections. If you cannot make the sale, try your local garden center or home improvement store. Another option is trading bulbs with a friend.

Many bulbs are perennials, which means they
come back year after year. Good choices for spring blooming bulbs that grow well in North Texas are Daffodils and Dutch Iris. For best results, plant these bulbs in the fall. 
Bulbs in a basket

Before you plant bulbs, first find the right site. Pick a spot with well-drained soil. Bulbs prefer sun and lots of it. Plant bulbs where they will get a full day of winter sun.

In Collin and Denton counties, we have Blackland Prairie soil, which is dense with black clay. To help your bulbs thrive, you 
need to break up the soil so tender roots and shoots can make their way to sun and nutrients more easily. Turn the soil by hand or with a tiller. If the planting spot you choose is close to other well-loved plants, don’t risk damaging them just use a small hand shovel and rake. As you are turning the soil, blend in lots of Texas Pure Products Compost to feed the roots all winter long. Compost also helps the soil remain loose and less compacted for healthy roots. Once the soil is easily crumbled, it’s ready for planting. 

Bulb plantingSort through your bulbs and avoid any that feel mushy. Some will have “skins” on them and some will be bare but either if fine for planting.

Arrange bulbs 2 to 3 inches apart in whatever order you prefer. Dig each hole about 4 inches deep or three times the height of the bulb. Then cover each up with the soil and water well. Be consistent with your watering throughout the bulb growing and blooming season. Be careful not to over water or over fertilize.

Daffodils
Finally add a 2 to 3 inch layer of Texas Pure Products Mulch to protect the bulbs from cold weather. Let the plant die back naturally to continue the cycle of beautiful blooms year after year. The dead leaves and stems, along with the mulch, will break down and become nutrients for feeding the bulbs and their offspring in the year ahead.

Happy Planting!

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