While fall may be the ideal time to plant spring blooming bulbs sometimes things happen…time gets away from us, life events occur that take precedence, weather changes too quickly…now what? It may not be too late. If you are reading this and already have the bulbs and want to plant them, you have nothing to lose, right? However, if you don’t have bulbs please do not run out and buy them now.
Let’s be realistic, you may be taking a chance…agreed? Planting bulbs late may or may not be successful.
First, check each bulb to see if they are healthy. The bulbs should be firm and earthy smelling. If they are soft, mushy, disintegrate or have a bad odor discard them.
Depending on the variety of bulbs you have there are several options. If they are naturalizing bulbs for our area (North Texas), try planting them…
Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy the flowers of your dreams. If however, the bulbs leaf out, but the flower does not bloom or perform up to expectation, don’t panic. Give it another year. The leaves are nourishing the bulb for next year’s flower display (photosynthesis…it’s what they do).
Another option is an indoor container…
This ‘late-planting’ approach is not research based or recommended. However, it is what you can do to give unplanted bulbs a chance. Give it a try…you may be rewarded!