Plant in the Fall, Enjoy in the Spring

The seasons may be changing, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb away. In fact, fall is one of the best times to plant bulbs that will sprout into beautiful flowers come springtime. The process can be tricky, so we’re sharing our tips for two ways you can tackle your planting like a pro.

Planting Bulbs in a Pot

First, choose the right pot. You will plant your bulbs close to the surface, so if your pot is tall, consider placing pinecones at the bottom or using another lightweight space-filler. Cover your choice of space-filler with landscape fabric, then fill the rest of the pot with soil up to a few inches from the rim.

Place your bulbs in the top layer of soil. Bulbs can be planted very close together, and actually should be to get the prettiest arrangement come springtime. Place them pointy side up to make it easier for them to grow.

Top your bulbs off with a layer of soil and water well. Finish off the pot with a layer of mulch for a little protection. Then, leave your pot outside to chill during the winter. The colder the bulbs get, the better the bloom!

Planting Bulbs in the Ground

Start by loosening the soil with a shovel and getting rid of any weeds in the area. Then use a rake to smooth, grade and level the spot where your bulbs will be planted. Tap the soil to remove air bubbles, but be sure not to completely compact the area.

If you are planting your bulbs directly in the ground, plant them about four or five inches deep. If you’ve created a raised bed, plant them about six inches deep. Place the bulbs in the ground pointy side up, and give them a good drink of water.


Cover the bulbs with peat moss and water again. Finally, cover the area completely with topsoil. Make sure the surface is smooth, and you’re done! Get ready for some beautiful blooms in the spring.

Got questions? Need help getting started? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard and let us help with all your bulb planting needs.