Last Minute for Ordering Spring Bulbs

Don’t miss out on early spring bloom! Photo: landscapeontario.com

If you intend to plant bulbs for bloom next spring—tulips, daffodils, squills, hyacinths, crocuses, etc.—or autumn-flowering bulbs—autumn crocuses, colchicums, etc.—, it’s time to get a move on!

Wide range of dry flower bulbs showing different shapes, sizes, colors and textures.
Bulbs come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Photo: sandovalmastergardeners.org

True enough, a certain choice of bulbs will show up in your local garden center in mid-September … but not necessarily the varieties you want. My local garden centers seem to offer mostly Triumph tulips, for example, yet they’re short-lived bulbs and I prefer perennial tulips (botanical tulips, viridifloras, Darwin hybrids, etc.). And they sell the same crocus varieties year after year, whereas I want ones I don’t already grow. Plus, they offer no rare bulbs at all, just run-of-the-mill varieties.

For a reasonable choice of bulbs, I have to order from a bulb specialist. And if you’re a serious bulb gardener, you’ll eventually find yourself in the same position.

Late August or very early September is really the last minute for ordering your bulbs. By the time the order is received and processed, then shipped to you, it will already be planting season. And the really choice and rare bulbs will be selling out soon, if that isn’t already the case.

For an eye-opening choice of bulbs, Canadian gardeners can try Fraser’s Thimble FarmsBotanusPhoenix Perennials or Veseys. Americans will find a wide range of choices at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and Longfield Gardens. In Europe, think of De Jager and SonsAvon Bulbs or Rare Plants.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

4 comments on “Last Minute for Ordering Spring Bulbs

  1. Oh , just what I need, more spring bulb porn. ? I have been unimpressed with garden center bulbs in recent years, so it may be time to switch to these kinds of sellers.

  2. We get ours later because if they go into the ground on time, they bloom too early in winter, and get slapped around by the rain.

  3. Thanks for the names of these Canadian suppliers. Europe seems to have so many bulb specialists….

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