September – Tulips & bulbs
September is an incredibly busy time of the year. Between back-to-school, work, and the vibrancy of summer colors subsiding it’s easy to get caught up the monotony of everyday life. Just because many of our summer flowers are dying or going into hibernation for the season and the memory of crisp nights and crunchy leaves are coming back to the forefront of our brains it’s important to remember winter won’t last forever and before we know it summer will be back and we’ll be craving those summer colors in our flowerbeds again.
Although it may seem early, now is the time to plant tulips and all spring flower bulbs. The best part about tulips other than their natural beauty is how low maintenance they are; they practically raise themselves, unlike our children.
What you need to know:
- The bulbs need time to root and establish themselves
- They should be planted 6-8 weeks before hard, ground freezing frost is expected
- Plant when nighttime temperature dips to 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit
- Planting too early or having wet soil can cause fungus and disease
- Plant bulbs deep – at least 8 inches or deeper depending on bulb size
- Plant in a sunny site
- Water lightly while during dry spells in the fall only, otherwise do not water your tulips
- Wait until leaves have yellowed completely before cutting them back
- The bulbs of Species tulips may be left in the ground for several years
Other flowers and plant that should be planted this time of year before the ground freezes are:
Roses, trees, shrubs and perennials.
For a free consultation on planting tulips, bulbs and whatever else you may have in mind, contact us today!