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I didn’t get my spring bulbs planted yet. Is it too late?

Ideally, spring bulbs need to be planted in early November or before the first hard frost in your area. However, bulbs are also very forgiving and may still bloom even when put into the ground as late as early March.

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Wikimedia commons, “2015-04-27 Tulip,White and Red in Sasayama, Hyogo Japan

Bulbs grow and bloom the best when planted in an area that receives direct sunlight and adequate moisture. They can be planted in groupings (3 or more) or in a straight line depending on available space in your planting location. It is a good idea to think about the height of the bulbs, not just the color, if you are planting several different types in the same area in order to create a pleasing display.

For more information, see the WSU publication PNW164 “Propagation of Plants from Specialized Structures.”

Submitted by: Sheila Gray, March 7, 2016

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