It’s one of those little natural wonders, the blossoming of daffodils, tulips, and other flowering bulbs, the way they magically spring from the ground and herald fresh joy in the garden. These cheery flowers are a real reward for gardeners who plant bulbs in fall.
Really, it’s hard to go wrong with them. Depths and distances for planting are typically printed on the package. The hardest part for most people is choosing the right time to plant. Sure, bulbs will be on sale in stores starting in late summer, but don’t let that fool you.
Bulbs that flower in spring should be put in the ground no sooner than the surrounding trees’ foliage begins to color for fall. Before that point, the soil is still too warm, leaving the bulbs to dry out or rot, if it’s also too wet.