Our selection of spring bulbs arrive in early March. These can be started indoors to get a jump on the growing season or planted outside when the weather is a little warmer. Bulbs like Giant Elephant Ears benefit from an early start.
Plant spring bulbs in average, well-drained soil and according to the light requirements listed on the package. Most will need to be lifted in autumn and stored indoors over winter although some varieties are winter hardy in Niagara.
To protect your bulbs from foraging animals try sprinkling a barrier of Cayenne pepper over top. Some hungry creature exhumed all my Lilies until I tried this technique. If that doesn’t work the commercial preparation ‘Critter Ridder’ is a pepper based repellent that works well.
We offer hundreds of varieties of bulbs in fall; from the common to the rare or unusual.
September is the ideal time to plant Tulips, Daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs. Although bulbs can be planted well into November, getting them in earlier will allow more time for root development before winter.
With few exceptions, bulbs should be planted in rich, well-drained soil. On many bulbs top and bottom are easy to differentiate, the bottom being the bit with roots. However, even bulbs planted upside down will come to bloom in spring, a comforting fact given the odd shape of some bulbs such as Anemones. Planting depth is usually two and a half times the bulb diameter. A one-inch crocus is planted with its bottom at two to three inches deep, while a two-inch tulip is planted five inches deep.
Bone meal may be applied at planting time to encourage strong root growth and a spring application of balanced fertilizer will improve growth and bloom.