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Fall is the only time you should plant spring bulbs as they must be cold vernalized in order to produce a flower.  Bulbs like the soil temperature to be between 40-50 degrees when planted.  In Maryland this usually hits late Sept – Mid to late November.  Waiting until after the first frost never hurts. 

Bulbs prefer full to part sun – at least 5-6 hours, adequate drainage, and protection from squirrels.  

Work up the soil and add some soil amendment to help bulb roots get a start.  Layout bulbs, keeping in mind clumping or random dense scattering looks best.  A rule of thumb is to dig the hole 2-3 times the diameter of the bulb in depth.  Place a bulb in the hole roots down, pointy end up.  If you cannot tell, place the bulb on its side and it will grow correctly.   

Use a bulb-tone type fertilizer as too much nitrogen can diminish blooms.  

Bulbs we carry – varieties:

Tulips – Tarda, Triumph, and Darwin  

Narcissus – Poeticus, Double, Jonquil, and Daffodil 




Muscari – grape hyacinth 

Snow Drops – Leucojum and Galanthus 


The Mill also carries Paperwhites, and Amaryllis for indoor planting.   


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