Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Now’s the Time to Buy your Bulbs

septembre 12Spring-flowering bulbs (tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, etc.) are beginning to arrive in garden centers throughout the Northern Hemisphere and I suggest buying them without delay. That’s because, of course, you will have a better choice if you buy your bulbs soon after they arrive in the store, but even more importantly, also because the quality of the bulb diminishes rapidly when it is stored at high temperatures, as is the case in most stores. They really should display them in a refrigerated room, which keeps the bulbs from drying out too rapidly. It is therefore better to buy early and store them yourself in a cool spot at home (a basement, garage or shed) if you feel it is too early to plant them. In most climates, you’ll be planting them soon anyway, some time between late September to late November, when the soil outdoors begins to cool.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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