Planting bulbs

rxnnhern(5)October 11, 2005


I'm in the metro Denver area. I bought a bunch of bulbs last weekend but didn't get them planted. Since it's supposed to warm up this weekend will I still be able to plant them or is it too late?

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nancy_in_co(z5 CO)


As long as the soil is workable, you can plant your bulbs. I live in Colorado Springs and I generally don't plant any bulbs until late October. The soil is just too warm and the bulbs could break dormancy.

Happy planting.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 5:41PM
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cnetter(z5 Co)

It's definitely not too late. You could even wait longer.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 8:36PM
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Thank you for your reply's, I'm glad to know I didn't waste a bunch of money on bulbs. I've only done this once before so we'll see if I can make it work this time.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2005 at 9:04AM
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which blubs do the best in denver?

iris, crocus..daffodils, tulips....any other good ideas?
i may look like a greenbean but my thumb isn't.
what can't i ruin?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2005 at 3:11PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

greenbean -- For large flowers and wonderful fragrance, you might want to try some Hyacinth's. And for something more unusual, get a couple Fritillaria's. There are quite a few different varieties in different heights and colors and some of the larger yellow or orange ones can be real show stoppers. I don't have any here at my new house yet, but by next fall I'll definitely be picking out a few to put in.

Here's a link to a site with really good basic bulb info.

Have fun,

Here is a link that might be useful: Bulbs & More

    Bookmark   November 11, 2005 at 3:15PM
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cnetter(z5 Co)

I don't think you can ruin wood hyacinth or grape hyacinth. Both spread like crazy. One of my favorites is a tiny little very early iris called iris reticulata. Often blooms while there's still snow on the ground. The grass like foliage dissapears in the summer and doesn't show again until the next spring.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2005 at 5:38PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

I vote for the crocus and iris reticulata. I try to plant them on a northern side near my door and driveway so I can enjoy them longer. If you plant them on a southern side - they will pop up in January and be gone before anybody sees them. I stick them in between the rose bushes. Grape hyacinths, snow squills, alliums - they are just too delicate to see them.

Cheryl - I just cut yesterday the last roses - the cutting that I believe belonged to your noname floribunda - outperformed everything in the garden. The 5 feet bush this year produced hundreds of yellow pink red touch fragrant double blooms. I tried to mail you several times - but someway it always bounces.

Irina the Russian one

    Bookmark   November 15, 2005 at 3:11PM
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thanks for the bulb info. i will file the types away and maybe do that next fall.
i also moved into a new there's much to do.
but i think between when i last posted and's been pretty too late to bulb..right?
even my geraniums...that lasted so long on the deck this year.....are gone now because of that snow and wind we got....
so---i guess even though its warm right's too late to do any bulbs this weekend...(thanksgiving weekend) right?

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 4:01PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado


As long as your soil isn't frozen---and it's not too wet to work in it---you can still plant them. I've only gotten about half of mine planted so far---and I just bought 2 more packs (for $2.00 each) at Kmart today!


    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 7:46PM
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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

I'm in Northern Nevada, and I just finished planting bulbs in the ground. Just. The ground isn't frozen yet, and I will NOT cruise the local nurseries for clearance bulbs...I will NOT. As it is, I placed three separate end-of-season orders (all planted as of yesterday).

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 6:17PM
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