Planting fall bulbs allows a jumpstart to a colorful garden and landscape in spring.  Choose from a large variety of Wisconsin favorites that include allium, crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, iris, tulips, and more!



The best time to plant fall bulbs is when night temperatures are around 40 - 50 degrees and at least 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes.


Choose a location that will get at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.  Plant in an area that is well drained and avoid areas where water collects.  


Prepare the planting area by digging and loosening the soil at least 8 inches deep.  Add fresh compost or peat where needed.


Follow the recommended planting depth found on the label.  Set the bulbs in the hole, pointy side up.  If you can’t figure which side is up, plant the bulb sideways.  The flower will still grow rightside up.  Back fill soil, lightly compress, and water.


Feed bulbs in spring with a slow-release fertilizer.


When the flowers have finished blooming, cut the flower head off but do not cut the foliage.  Once the foliage turns yellow or brown, then cut them down to ground level.



• Plant bulbs in groups instead of rows for bursts of color in your landscape.

• Create a display of continuous blooms by planting mid- and late- blooming bulbs together.  Plant these bulbs in layers to enjoy a whole season of flowers.


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