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Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Disclaimer: Product stock and prices are subject to change after blog publish date.

Fall is officially here, which means that it is time to start thinking about planting bulbs!

If this fall will be your first time planting bulbs, we are going to go over some bulb basics below. If you are a more experienced bulb planter and are more interested in learning about the specific bulb varieties we are carrying this year, feel free to scroll ahead.

Let’s begin!

 What are spring bulbs? Spring bulbs are bulbs that are planted in the fall, spend all winter beneath the soil and then bloom in the spring.

When is the best time to plant spring bulbs? It is best to wait to plant your bulbs until the soil has cooled down. Generally speaking you want to wait until after a hard frost to plant them, which is typically mid October. While you should hold off planting your bulbs for a bit longer, we highly recommend purchasing your bulbs early to ensure you get all the varieties you are looking for! Storing your bulbs in a cool, dry location until you are ready to plant will increase the longevity of your bulbs.

Where should I plant my spring bulbs? The key to planting bulbs is to make sure they are planted in well draining soil and receive enough sunlight as you do not want the bulbs to rot. Therefore, whatever location you choose, make sure that your bulbs will have good drainage and will receive the proper amount of light they need to flower. Most bulbs require full sun to part sun.

How do I plant spring bulbs? First, you must determine the planting depth and suggested spacing for the type of bulb you have chosen as every bulb is different! If you plant a bulb too deep it will bloom late or will not bloom at all. If a bulb is not planted deep enough it may be damaged by the cold. You also want to group bulbs together when planting. All of the bulbs we sell have specific planting instructions on the package. When planting your bulbs, place them in the soil with the pointy end up and the roots facing down. If there is no visible point on the bulb and you are unsure what the top or the bottom of the bulb looks like, you can plant it on its side and it will make its way to the soil surface. Lastly, cover your bulbs with soil and give them a good drink of water to help them establish.

What types of bulbs should I choose? If you would like to enjoy blooms throughout the entire spring season, purchase a mixture of bulbs that will make their appearance in early, mid and late spring. Don’t forget to choose bulbs that are different heights and colours to make a greater visual impact in your garden!

Now that we have answered some basic bulb questions, check out some of the beautiful spring blooming bulbs we have available for purchase in-store. Bulbs are available while quantities last.

First up, tulips! There are many different tulip varieties to choose from. Triumph tulips are the most common variety and are known for their single blooms and classic tulip shape.

Canadian Celebration & World Friendship Triumph Tulips

Photos courtesy of Family Fun Canada & Veseys

Colour: White/red/yellow
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 20”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 4”
Bulb Grouping: 8-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $0.89 per bulb

Colour: Yellow
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 20”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 4”
Bulb Grouping: 8-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $0.89 per bulb

Other Triumph Tulip Varieties: Sweet Flag ($4.99 for a package of 6 bulbs), Helmar ($0.89 per bulb)

If you would like a tulip that is big and bold, we recommend planting Fosteriana tulips!

Red Emperor Fosteriana Tulips

Photo courtesy of Garden Tags

Colour: Red
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 16”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 4”
Bulb Grouping: 8-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $0.89 per bulb

Other Fosteriana Varieties: White Emperor ($0.89 per bulb), Orange Emperor ($0.89 per bulb), Yellow Empress ($0.89 per bulb)

Interested in a tulip with a longer stem? Choose Darwin Hybrid tulips!

Yellow Wave & Pink Impression Darwin Hybrid Tulips

Colour: Yellow
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 20”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 4”
Bulb Grouping: 8-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Late spring
Price: $0.89 per bulb

Colour: Pink
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 22”
Planting Depth: 6″
Planting Spacing: 4″
Bulb Grouping: 8-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Late spring
Price: $0.89 per bulb

Peony tulips are one of the most stunning tulip varieties around with their big, elegant blooms and unique ruffled petals. They smell great, too!

Double Negrita Peony Tulips

Photo courtesy of Florissa

Colour: Purple
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 16”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 4”
Bulb Grouping: 8-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Late spring
Price: $5.99 (package of 6 bulbs)

Other Peony Varieties: Dazzling Sensation ($8.99 for a package of 3 bulbs)

Make your spring garden dazzle with daffodils! Daffodils are one of the easiest and most popular spring bulbs to grow.

Tete a Tete Daffodil & Loveday Cupped Daffodil

Photos courtesy of High Country Gardens & A.D.R. Bulbs

Colour: Yellow
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 6”
Planting Depth: 4”
Planting Spacing: 3”
Bulb Grouping: 5-8 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $6.99 (package of 10 bulbs)

Colour: Yellow/orange
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 14”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 6”
Bulb Grouping: 5-8 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $5.99 (package of 5 bulbs)

Other Daffodil Varieties: Hillstar ($5.99 for a package of 5 bulbs), Falconette ($5.99 for a package of 5 bulbs), Iwona ($6.99 for a package of 5 bulbs), Lemon Beauty ($5.99 for a package of 5 bulbs), Papillion Blanc ($5.99 for a package of 5 bulbs)

Hyacinth blooms are both colourful and fragrant! If you have issues with deer munching on your garden, hyacinths are also deer resistant.

Rembrandt & Carnegie Hyacinths

Colour: Dark blue/white
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 10”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 6”
Bulb Grouping: 5-8 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $1.29 per bulb

Colour: White
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 10”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 6”
Bulb Grouping: 5-8 bulbs
Bloom Time: Mid spring
Price: $1.29 per bulb

Other Hyacinth Varieties: Jan Bos ($1.29 per bulb), Woodstock ($1.29 per bulb), City of Haarlem ($1.29 per bulb), Aida ($1.29 per bulb), Gipsy Queen ($1.29 per bulb)

Crocus are usually the first of your spring bulbs to bloom, peaking out through the snow and standing out against the winter landscape.

Striped Beauty Crocus & Ruby Giant Snow Crocus

Photos courtesy of Tulip Lovers & Ruigrok Flowerbulbs

Colour: Purple/white
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 4”
Planting Depth: 2”
Planting Spacing: 2”
Bulb Grouping: 5-8 bulbs
Bloom Time: Early spring
Price: $0.49 per bulb

Colour: Purple
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 4”
Planting Depth: 2”
Planting Spacing: 2”
Bulb Grouping: 5-8 bulbs
Bloom Time: Early spring
Price: $5.99 (package of 20 bulbs)

Other Crocus Varieties: Remembrance ($0.49 per bulb), Snowstorm ($0.49 per bulb), Yellow Mammoth ($0.49 per bulb), Early Gold ($5.99 for a package of 20 bulbs), Orange Monarch ($5.99 for a package of 10 bulbs)

Alliums are a real eye-catcher with their pom pom shaped, long-lasting blooms. Alliums come in many different colours and sizes!

Globemaster & Purple Sensation Allium

Colour: Purple
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 38”
Planting Depth: 6”
Planting Spacing: 14”
Bulb Grouping: 3-5 bulbs
Bloom Time: Late spring
Price: $9.99 per bulb

Colour: Purple
Exposure: Full sun to part sun
Height: 36”
Planting Depth: 4”
Planting Spacing: 4”
Bulb Grouping: 5-10 bulbs
Bloom Time: Late spring
Price: $0.69 per bulb

Other Allium Varieties: Christophii ($0.69 per bulb), Mount Everest ($5.99 for a package of 1 bulb), Red Giant ($5.99 for a package of 3 bulbs), Rosy Dream ($5.99 for a package of 5 bulbs)

If you have any questions about the bulbs featured in this blog, what other varieties we carry or the bulb planting process, contact us anytime!