Fun Press Release

I thought I’d share this truly fun press release with you. Informative, amusing, helpful: makes me want to plant plenty of bulbs! If only all press releases were so interesting!

When Crickets Cease to Chirp & Dogs Lie in the Sun, Plant Tulips

       Good things still come to those who wait. This is especially true of those who love tulips, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs. To bloom in spring, bulbs must be planted in fall when cool soil temperatures offer the right

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rooting conditions. The beginning of planting season ranges from late September in cooler climes, to late December in warmer areas.

So how does a gardener know when it’s time to plant?

“The simple answer is that bulb planting season starts once your soil temperature reaches about 55 degrees Fahrenheit,” says GWA allied member Tim Schipper of Colorblends, a Connecticut-based flower bulb wholesaler that sells direct to land care professionals and home gardeners across the country.

“The problem is, who knows what their soil temperature is?” he adds.

Schipper knows that nature provides other indicators that tell us when conditions are just right for bulb planting. To him, the easiest is: fall planting season begins when fall nighttime temperatures average between 40°F and 50°F.

He thought it might be fun – and useful to other gardeners – to ask his customers, many of whom are land care professionals, to share the “natural indicators” they use when gearing up to plant. He posed the question on Web site, and set up a dedicated email, Here are a few of their tips.

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It’s time to plant bulbs when:

  • Fall foliage has moved just past peak,
  • Crickets no longer chirp,
  • Squirrels are digging in acorns as fast as they can,
  • Birds start to group and depart,
  • You start turning on the heat in your car,
  • The air smells of wood fires,
  • Grapes are ripening on the vine,
  • You winterize the irrigation system before the winter freeze,
  • The hostas start to lie down,
  • The air has that organic, decaying leaf smell,
  • The dog moves from a cool to a sunny spot in the yard,
  • The kids start putting on their jackets without being nagged by you.

“Of course life doesn’t always go on schedule,” admits Schipper. “Though it’s not great to plant too early, you can usually get away with planting a bit late. Once soil temperature reaches the optimal level, you still have a six to eight week window to get bulbs in the ground before it freezes hard. So whether you forgot to order, or decide you want more, it’s generally not too late to order and plant if you can still work the soil.”

Reputable flower bulb specialists like Colorblends ship bulbs when it’s time to plant in the recipient’s area. Ideally, bulbs should be planted as soon as they arrive. If you can’t plant right away, store the bulbs in a cool, dry place with good air circulation. The ideal storage temperature is between 50°F and 60°F. That said, bulbs stored till planting at temperatures ranging from 35°F to 75 F should do fine.

Schipper says, “Be practical. If normal home temperature is the coolest you’ve got, that’s good enough. Just keep your bulbs out of direct sunlight.

“Bulbs are pretty forgiving, adds Schipper. “But they must be planted in the fall. They’re not seeds. The bulbs are alive and will not last unplanted until next year.”

To learn more about planting fall bulbs for spring bloom, go or call 888-847-8637. Colorblends’ minimum order is $60. Bulbs can be purchased in packaged increments from 25 up to 1,000, including Colorblends’ popular, custom tulip blends.


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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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