Spring flowering bulbs

Asked April 7, 2020, 10:46 PM EDT

Is it too early to plant bulbs? Waterford

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

Spring flowering bulbs which include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums and crocuses, are planted in the fall, spend the winter in the ground and flower in the spring. These bulbs need several weeks of cold temperatures before they will break their dormancy and flower. They should be planted in the fall, as soon as the ground is cool and evening temperatures have dropped to between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In Waterford, planting in October to the end of November would work.

I guess you can say that right now, April, is too late for this year’s flowers and too early for next year’s flowers.

I’m attaching a bulletin from the University of Illinois Extension which will introduce you to the art and joy of gardening with bulbs. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/bulbs/bulbbasics.cfm

Thanks you for sending your question and good luck with your bulbs.