Dr. Phillips Gardens: Plant Bulbs in the New Year for Spring Arrival

The saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Fortunately for residents of Dr. Phillips and other Orlando locations, flowers can pop up much sooner. If you plant bulbs now, shortly into the new year, you can enjoy bountiful flowers anywhere from 7 to 10 weeks.

How and Where to Plant Bulbs

For bulbs, most prefer a sunny location. Caladiums will do fine in partial shade, but you should avoid heavily shaded areas.

Bulbs need a well-drained soil with approximately four inches of organic matter, such as peat or compost. Figure about a pound of fertilizer per 100 square feet of flower bed.

Bulb type flowers are reasonably easy to plant. Depending on the variety, spacing can be as little as 1 inch apart if you want a fuller garden bed. Plant the bulb just under the surface, with points facing up.

Once planted, keep the soil moist while bulbs are growing and flowering. Towards the end of the season, you can let the beds dry out. Bulbs will grow well year after year and can be left in the plant beds. Bulbs can be dug up and stored if you expect a harder freeze in the Dr. Phillips area, but will also do fine left in the ground.  

Types of Bulbs

Certain types of bulbs do not do well in our subtropical climates. Tulips, hyacinths tend to wilt under the warmer moist weather. Many varieties of lilies do nicely. These include: Zephyr, Gloriosa, Amazon, African, Aztec, Blood and Hurricane lilies. Other bulb flowers to choose from include Amaryllis, Caladium, Dahlia and Gladiolus. Daffodils, while not a typical Florida bulb, have also done well according to the Orlando Sentinel.

While planting bulbs are easy, if you have any questions about where to plant them or how to maintain bulb flowers throughout the season, give us a call at 407-873-6057. We can give you a free quote for your Dr. Phillips lawn service needs