Seeds of September: The Perfect Plants to Plant in Fall

September 20th, 2017

Night time temperature drops with the mix of daytime sunshine can only mean one thing: it’s time to bury your bulbs! In your garden, that is.

The end of September is the start of the “second season” of outdoor planting and whether you’re a beginner plant caretaker or have a master green thumb, planting flowering bulbs is almost foolproof. Fossil Creek Nursery just received a huge shipment of fall bulbs and we’re here to give you the tips and tricks to these blooming beauties!

Plan to Start Planting

Bulbs should be planted in a ground that is cool. When evening temperatures average between 40- 50 degrees Fahrenheit is a great time to start planting. The bulbs enjoy the shift in temperatures throughout the day and will thrive come blooming time. Plan to plant around six weeks prior to the ground freezing.  

Be Benign with your Bulbs

Before you place your bulbs into their next habitat, dig the soil so it’s loose and workable. Bulbs can live just about anywhere in your garden as long as the soil drains well. Be sure to read labels and keep track of which bulbs are where. Especially if you’re intentionally planning the colors of your garden, you don’t want one white tulip to pop up in a sea of red ones.

Feed your Flowering Friends

A general-purpose fertilizer will do just fine for most fall bulbs. A product with higher phosphorus content is typically recommended, but our experts can point you in the right fertilizing direction should you need it. It’s usually best to fertilize at planting time for new bulbs, as growth starts for middle-aged bulbs and post-bloom for well-established bulbs.

Here are a few of our recommended, favorite fall bulbs:

  • Allium
  • Daffodils
  • Dutch Iris
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinth

Seeing your fall-planted bulbs pop up is a sure sign that Spring has arrived. Make sure your landscape is colorfully coordinated next season and stop by the nursery today to pick up your fall bulbs.

Fossil Creek Nursery is located at 7029 S. College Ave. | 970-226-4924