The spring flowering bulbs have finally arrived at Caan Floral and Greenhouses. This is the perfect time of year to introduce or add spring flowering bulbs to your garden landscape. There is a unique selection of bulbs, from antique to new varieties, and a wide palette of colors to choose from; purples, blues, reds, pinks, yellows, whites, and even blacks!

Ensuring Bulb Success

Most important is properly preparing the soil for bulb planting. Good soil drainage is essential in the health and success of your bulbs. If you have a soil with a high clay content, it can be improved by adding compost, peat moss or some other source of organic material. The organic material should be worked in the top twelve inches of soil (eighteen inches is even better).

The best method of planting is to dig an area large enough and at an appropriate depth to plant several bulbs, making sure to loosen the soil around the bulbs. Press the bulbs into the soil in the planting area and cover with soil. Caring for the soil in this manner insures it is better drained and prepared. This method of planting is preferred over trying to plant bulbs one by one with a bulb planter in heavy clay soil.

In order to ensure healthy root formation, plant your bulbs before mid-November. The best planting depth is about 3 times the diameter of the bulb. For Daffodils, that’s about 6 – 8 inches. Smaller bulbs can be planted to a depth of 3-4 inches and so on. Adding bone meal or Espoma Superphosphate 0-20-0 fertilizer into the soil at the bottom of the hole at planting time, helps encourage strong root growth.

Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths should be planted with the nose of the bulb upward and the root plate downward. The large Crown Imperial Frittilaria have hollow centers and should be planted sideways to keep water from sitting in the center (which can cause rotting issues).

Heirlooms, Long Standing Gardens Favorites

Caan Floral and Greenhouses carries a number of  heirloom varieties. If you enjoy being connected to gardens of yore, as I do, here are just a few varieties to look for:

Frittilaria melegris, Checkerboard Lily, ca. 1572

Frittilaria imperialis, Lutea Maxima, ca. 1590

Frittilaria imperialis, Lutea Rubra, ca. 1590

Frittilaria persica, ca. 1753

Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Pink Giant’ ca. 1942

Chionodoxa luciliae ca. 1878

Lycoris radiata, Red Spider Lily, ca. 1821

Lycoris squamigera, Magic Lily, ca. 1889

Narcissus, Thalia, ca. 1916

Allium unifolium, 1873

Camassia quamash, ca. 1837

Happy gardening!