to Order Fall Bulbs
summer begins to wane, it is time to decide which spring flowering
bulbs you want to add to your landscape.
"You need to select good quality bulbs for planting, paying attention
to size and firmness. Choose bulbs that are firm and free from soft or
spots, and signs of disease," says Patrick Byers, horticulture
University of Missouri Extension.
are three sources for bulbs: mail order catalog, local nurseries,
and discount business.
Since mail order business
tend to have a larger selection of bulb
varieties, many gardeners order their bulbs for fall planting through
This does have one big disadvantage: you won't know
what the bulb looks like until it
"If you're going to order by mail, make sure you buy from companies
that have a good reputation, or that friends and family recommend
highly," says Byers.
When the bulbs arrive be sure to store them in a cool place. They will
need to be kept between 50-and-60-degrees.
storing them near any ripening fruits because the ethylene in
the fruit can cause flowering disorders. This is especially true for
Spring flowering bulbs can be planted once the temperatures begin to
For more information, contact a Master Gardener at your local Extension
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Source: University of Missouri Extension
and Garden Center