I love the spring and I love bulbs – so now is the time to plant them.
Gardening expert Marianne Binetti shows the best ways to store and plant bulbs to ensure a beautiful spring bloom. She also shows how warm weather areas can “fool ” their bulbs into winter for great spring flowers.
* Note: Chill your bulbs throughout the winter.
In cold climates follow these steps to make bulb lasagna:
- Start with a layer of soil in a deep pot and plant a layer of tulip bulbs, which bloom last.
- Add more soil and a layer of daffodil bulbs that bloom in mid-spring.
- Add more soil and a layer of early blooming crocuses.
- Top it off with some winter pansies that are already in bloom. They will survive in a milder winter climate.
- Leave the pot outside to take advantage of the winter’s chill.
- If planted in this way, you’ll enjoy three months of blooms from layers of bulbs.
* Note: In a warmer climate, where the outdoors are not able to provide your bulbs with the proper chill, simply store them in your refrigerator in a clearly marked brown paper bag for six weeks. Afterward, layer them in a pot–bulb lasagna style.