How to plant bulbs (with Longfield Gardens)

I love flowers, but have no idea how to plant or care for them. The best I can do is fill a vase with water and stick some fresh cut ones in there to last about…. a week. We’ve moved around a lot since coming back to IL, but we’re now finally in our HOME where our kids will grow up. That means it’s time to decorate and paint and landscape! It’s time for flowers!

To get beautiful spring-blooming flowers, you plant the bulbs in the fall. Plant before the ground freezes, while it’s still easy to dig in the dirt. I got some bulbs from Longfield Gardens to review and they came with instructions for how deep to plant the bulbs and how far apart to space them. So I figure, I can do this, right?! I guess come spring we’ll find out 😉

how to plant bulbs
“Bulbs are the gateway to the garden,” comments Hans Langeveld, co-owner of Longfield Gardens. “They provide all the beauty of high-maintenance flowers with little effort.” That sounded perfect to me 😉 And the entire left side of our house was landscaped with dirt… but no plants or flowers! It’s the perfect space and thanks to Longfield Gardens, here are some tips and tricks to selecting and planting bulbs!

How to Plant Bulbs

how to plant bulbs

Selecting the Best Bulbs

When planning a garden, three factors need to be taken into account: bloom time, region, and the time to plant. “For a constantly colorful garden, plan for your flowers to bloom in succession or one variety after another,” Langeveld suggests.

When selecting bulbs for a garden, consider the time of the season it blooms. The bloom time could be early spring, mid-spring, late spring, or anytime in the summer. To determine the hardiness zone, visit the interactive map, and click on the desired region of the country for planting. “You want to set yourself up for success—and lots of flowers—by selecting bulbs that grow best in your area of the country,” Langeveld advises.

how to plant bulbs

Research the best time of the year to plant by referencing this map before ordering your bulbs. Dark Purple areas should plant bulbs in October-December, medium purple should plant September-November, and finally, light purple areas should plant September-October.

how to plant bulbs

Planting Bulbs

Planting the bulbs is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Follow these steps below to create a flawless garden.

  1. Dig a hole 3-4 times deep as the bulb height.
  2. Set bulbs firmly in place, following spacing guidelines.
  3. Cover with soil and water thoroughly.

“Remember when planting bulbs, avoid the temptation to plant them in single rows. For the most natural look, clump them in a pyramid, rectangle, or circular shape,” Langeveld adds.

how to plant bulbs

To expand or start a garden, flower bulbs are a low-maintenance way to create a stunning look year after year. Order bulbs now for the fall-planting season–new customers get 20% off at Longfield Gardens! I got some tulips and muscari! You can find Longfield Gardens on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!

~Product was received to facilitate this post. Planting tips are from Longfield Gardens. All opinions are my own!

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