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Fall Bulb Planting Leads to Spring Splendor

Many Minnesotans characterize spring by the emergence of tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths. To experience a beautiful, bulb-filled spring, the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association advises home gardeners to start planting bulbs during the fall.

September and October are the best months to plant bulbs. Early planting provides good root development and better flowering during the first year.

Fall bulbs require adequate drainage to grow and flourish. Poor drainage will cause bulbs to become diseased and may prevent them from emerging in spring. To compensate for poor drainage in the desired planting area, home gardeners should add an organic amendment such as compost or peat moss to the soil, or raise and slope the planting bed to allow for excess water drainage.

Fall is a great time to inventory overgrowth of existing flowering bulbs. Home gardeners should dig up bulbs after foliage has died and allow the bulbs to dry thoroughly. After drying, the bulbs can be split and replanted in the same manner as new bulbs.

Minnesota's garden centers offer a large selection of bulbs and other species of high quality planting stock. Many varieties have been developed to be hardy in Minnesota . Professionals working at these retail outlets can assist home gardeners with all aspects of landscape development and installation. To locate a garden center near you, an interactive “Locate an Expert” feature is available online at www.GardenMinnesota.com .

To find a garden center or landscape professional in your area, visit Minnesota's on-line gardening resource, GardenMinnesota.com.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state's largest green industry trade association with more than 1,500 member businesses including garden centers; landscape contractors and designers; tree and flower growers; irrigation contractors; and lawn, tree, and garden services.

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