Springtime Bulbs

The gloomy, gray days of Winter have us counting down the days until Spring here at Simpson’s. Nothing bids the Winter farewell quite like the sight of green shoots from bulbs popping up through the once dormant ground; letting the world know the blooms of Spring are soon to follow.

Springtime is synonymous with gentle rain showers that bring beautiful flowers. While there are some bulbs that need to be planted in the Fall, such as Tulips, Hyacinths, and Daffodils, there are also bulbs that you can plant in the Spring. These bulbs actually can be started indoors now and will be ready to plant as soon as the ground warms, offering you late Spring and Early Summer blooms this year.

Here is a Quick Guide to Spring Planted Bulbs:

Bulbs to Plant in Spring for Summer Blooms

Spring-planted bulbs are rewarding to grow because many go from bulb to bold flowers and foliage in months. For many gardeners, spring-planted bulbs offer a quick solution for bare spots in the flower beds or to cut and place in a vase indoors. They’re also easy to grow and low maintenance.  We offer a wide selection of spring-planted or tender bulbs including Anemones, Begonias, Calla Lilies, Caladiums, Cannas, Dahlias, Gladiolus, Lilies, and more!

How to Plant Bulbs

No matter which type of bulb you’re planting, they all prefer well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. If the soil is not well-drained, the bulbs could rot.

Where to Plant Bulbs

When considering where to plant your bulbs take into account their light requirements. Some require full sun (six hours or more of direct sunlight daily), while others can grow in partial shade (usually defined as 2-6 hours of direct sunlight) or full shade (less than two hours of direct sunlight daily). Also, be sure to consider their mature height and spread. You want to give them the space they need to grow, and you want to plant them in a space in the garden where they can be seen but not block other flowers.

How Deep to Plant Bulbs

The depth of planting for bulbs depends on their size. A good rule of thumb is that the depth should be three times the diameter of the bulb. Bulbs should be planted with the pointed end up.

When to Plant Spring Bulbs

Most spring-planted bulbs are tender and susceptible to the cold. It’s important in Mid-Michigan, to wait until the ground is warm enough before planting your spring bulbs. Many gardeners start their tender bulbs indoors in the spring and then transplant them to the garden after the danger of frost has passed. We’ve been busy through the Fall and Winter, starting Spring-blooming favorites of every kind from Hyacinths, Daffodils, and Tulips to Begonias and Crocus. These wonderful little potted beauties make perfect centerpieces on your table, adding a much-needed pop of Springtime color and scent to your home or office. Stop in today to see our large selection of ready-to-plant bulbs and adorable potted bulbs that are ready to bloom and greet Spring, bringing a little cheer to the last of these Winter days!