New to CO: When to Plant Bulbs?

rmkitchen(5)October 11, 2007

Hi All;

We've lived in Superior (just south of Boulder, next to Louisville) since March of this year and I am having a good time (albeit with a steep learning curve!) gardening. We moved here from San Francisco, CA, and one thing I am really looking forward to are tulips!

I bought (way too many) bulbs but now am unclear when to plant. I purchased tulip, iris, daffodil, crocus and hyacinth bulbs.

Do I wait until the irrigation is turned off (I think that should be around Halloween?) or do I need to plant them before that? We have drip on the plants and netafim for the lawns.

Thank you for your advice!

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cnetter(z5 Co)

Bulbs planted in the fall need to root before it gets real cold, and moisture helps with that. Too much water will rot them, but the normal watering for flower beds hasn't rotted any of my bulbs.

I'd plant them now.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2007 at 1:23PM
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cnetter(z5 Co)

Another thing - normally I have the drip system turned off now to prevent it from bursting from a hard freeze.

We both may get away with keeping it going until the 30th - it's been an unusual fall. But keep a good watch on the weather.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2007 at 1:36PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Hi RM (Rocky Mountain?)Kitchen,

Just wanna say hi, and welcome to Colorado and RMG. We're glad you found us.

Also, I recommend you mark where you plant the bulbs. It'll be nice to know what's coming up where in spring, and after the foliage dies down, when you're planting other things, it'll keep you from accidentally digging into your bulbs.

Hope to see more of you around here,

    Bookmark   October 11, 2007 at 2:24PM
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catladysgarden(z5 CO)

Welcome to Colorado. You can plant your bulbs any time between now and when the ground freezes. As you've been told, they will do better if watered and have a chance to develop some roots before it freezes. I'm not familiar with Superior, but if it's anything like the City of Boulder, the climate is a bit more temperate than the Denver metro area because it's in a valley up against the hills. I've seen things growing in Boulder that I haven't seen anywhere else in the State. Daffodils do better than the other Spring bulbs where we are located. They increase and get prettier every year, but tulips just kind of dwindle away over the years. There are a few exceptions, but most of them don't do well. They'll be gorgeous the first Spring and it's downhill from there. Crocus do ok and Muscari do too well. I wish I had never planted any.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2007 at 2:40PM
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Thank you all for your help! I now know what my weekend will be, and I'm really excited.

I've been having fun reading the various posts here and realize I have so much to learn. Luckily there are all you smart and generous people out there!

I'm sure I'll have other questions before then, but hopefully come Spring I'll have pretty pictures to share of my maiden voyage.

Thank you again, all!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2007 at 4:43PM
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I just wanted to add that, although not really a bulb, irises of all kinds do fantastic here in Colorado and IMO are among the most beautiful of garden flowers.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 6:17PM
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