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It’s Time to Plant Spring Bulbs!!!

As we head into fall and plant blooms are fading, it’s fun to consider the bright and bold bulb choices available to plant for next spring. We just received our first shipment of spring bulbs. Stop by while our inventory lasts to stock up on your favorites. We have tulips, Dutch iris, bearded iris, Hyacinth, Narcissus, daffodil, and Allium.

Spring bulbs can be planted in parking strips to create a dazzling display. Or they can be added to perennial and mixed borders to provide a pop of spring color before summer perennials bloom. They can be planted in attractive pots on the patio, or some species can be grown inside to brighten up your house interior.

Plant tulips, daffodils, iris, or hyacinths in annual beds with spring annuals such as Begonias, Lobelia, pansies, and Phlox for a bright colorful spring display.

If your garden has problems with pests such as gophers, rabbits, or deer, plant Narcissi, daffodils, and Iris, as they are resistant to their nibbles. In fact, Narcissi can be planted to discourage gophers from living in your yard as they are so distasteful and toxic to them.

Narcissi can be planted on the perimeter of veggie gardens to protect your vegetables or mixed in with other bulbs such as tulips to protect them from deer, rabbits, or gophers grazing. Gophers will eat most other bulbs, so it’s worth planting them in planters or gopher cages if you do have these pesky animals in your yard.

Tulips

These classic bulbs always provide a cheerful display. They bloom their best with colder temperatures. For best results, chill the bulbs in the fridge for a few months to mimic winter frosts. Plant in late November or December for spring flowers. They can then be dug up after blooming and stored.

Buy Black Parrot Tulips at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro‘Black Parrot’ is beautifully fragrant with delicately ruffled, deep purple petals.

Buy Grand Perfection Tulip bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro‘Grand Perfection’ Beautiful cream fading to light yellow flowers with crimson sculptural shapes on the petals, like brush strokes. These blooms are striking! Plant them close to the house for full enjoyment.

Buy Candy Apple Delight Tulip bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro‘Candy Apple Delight’ Bright red petals exquisitely edged with white.

Planted Tulip Boat

Make it a center piece!

Buy bulbs for a planted tulip boat at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Buy Narcissus bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroNarcissus Paperwhites are some of the most popular bulbs to plant inside. They will usually bloom 2-4 weeks after planting. Place in a cool, bright location for best results. They also give beautiful displays when planted outside.

Buy Akita Daffodil bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroDaffodil ‘Akita’ and ‘Dutch Master’ Plant daffodils for a cheerful display in woodland gardens. They are very effective when massed together and are repeat bloomers. They prefer sun or partial sun exposure. They can also be grown inside like Narcissus or used as cut flowers.

How to Force Bulbs for the Holidays

You can cheer up your home with blooming bulbs over the winter and holidays.  This is a way of mimicking spring with the warm temperatures inside your home to ‘force’ the bulbs to bloom inside.

  1. Choose your bulbs – Narcissi, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Snow Drops, Iris, or Amaryllis
  2. Choose an attractive container – Add soil, gravel, or rocks
  3. Plant bulbs in planting mix or water – In water make sure that the basal part of the bulb barely touches the water, but it needs to be close enough for the roots to grow.
  4. Add water and enjoy watching your bulbs bloom in a few weeks!

 

Be Creative With Your Bulb Presentation

Glass vases and polished pebbles make wonderful displays!

Buy glass vases and polished stones for your bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Buy Bearded Iris bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroBearded Iris Bearded iris do best with 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. They flower in spring, while also producing new rhizomes for blooming the following year. Rhizomes should be planted just below the soil line. Water deeply every few weeks. They should be divided every 3-5 years when blooms are getting less frequent.

Buy Dutch Iris bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroDutch Iris Dutch iris are easy to grow and produce dependable and stunning cut flowers – they are the species favored by florists. They bloom from late spring into early summer. Plant in soil amended with plenty of compost. In our warmer climate the leaves will emerge before the flowers.

Buy Hyacinth 'Jan Bos' at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroHyacinths ‘Jan Bos’ These fragrant flowers indicate that spring has arrived! The blooms can provide a knock-out display, especially when planting a mixture of complementary colors. The first year’s bloom is the best. In subsequent years, the inflorescence head becomes slightly smaller.

Buy Allium 'Purple Sensation' at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroAllium ‘Purple Sensation’ These architecturally interesting bulbs usually bloom in the late spring. Their spherical heads can be used to create interesting texture and structure in the garden. They work well in cottage gardens and mixed in with spring-blooming Azaleas. Great for cut flowers.

Buy spring bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

 

Planting and Care for Spring Bulbs

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Plant in moist, rich, well-drained soils.
  • Plant at the depth and spacing specified on the bulb package.
  • Amend clay soils with GreenAll Planting Mix.
  • Water needs are moderate.
  • Chill tulip bulbs in the fridge before planting for best flower display.
  • Plant Narcissus, Daffodils, or Iris if your garden has gophers.
  • Mark where bulbs are planted.