This resource guide for growing flowering bulbs includes forcing bulbs indoors, and planting outdoors in both containers and the ground.
For more garden how-tos also see gardening growing tips.
Autumn is Bulb Planting Time
Fall is the time to plant garden bulbs, whether you’re forcing them indoors (for tabletop flowers) or planting them outdoors for spring blooms.
There are hundreds of choices and it can get overwhelming. It helps to decide both where you want to grow them (indoors or outdoors), and when you want the blooms (in a number of weeks or in the spring). From there it will be simpler with lots of beautiful options.
Indoor bulbs are planted in containers (of course).
- Easy (no-chill) indoor bulbs
These bulbs (paperwhites and amaryllis) are ones you can force (make bloom) indoors and do not require any pre-chilling. If you’ve got a spot with bright sunlight for the growing process, you’re good to go.
- When to force bulbs indoors
Want a table top display of gorgeous paperwhite blooms or a giant amaryllis for a special occasion? These forcing calendars help you get the timing just right. There is a free printable if you want to keep copies of the calendars for future reference.
- How to transplant spring flowering bulbs
Great flowers in an ugly container? It’s fine to transplant them if you take care doing it.
Outdoor bulbs can be planted in the ground or in containers (and stored in a cool location for the winter).
- Bulbs 101 for Beginners
New to planting bulbs? Spring-flowering bulbs (tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, crocus, Dutch iris, scilla) are planted in the autumn because they require a cool, dormant period (35-45°F or 2-8°C) for several months in order for the plants to produce blooms when the weather warms up. Without that cool period, you’ll get leaves but no blooms. The post walks you through the basics.
- How to plant bulbs in containers
While it’s very simple to plant bulbs in the ground and let nature take its course, there are some advantages to planting them in containers (besides thwarting the squirrels and other bulb-nibblers). This will get you started.
- Flowering bulbs to plant in the fall
I’ve gathered a list of favorite bulb suggestions for planting outdoors in the fall. Most of these bulbs need to be planted when the soil is 60F/16C or cooler (but not yet frozen) so be sure to get the bulbs you want before first frost.
- 7 bulbs and seeds to plant in the fall
Here’s 7 ideas for things to plant in the fall garden from flowering bulbs to garlic. Timing depends on your location and how long you have before first frost (if you get frost!) but this list should give you some ideas.
There you go! Lots of options, no matter where you want the flowers.