Night temperatures are cool, the air is almost crisp. The vegetable harvest is tapering off and green foliage is starting to change to beautiful shades of red and yellow. There are many signs that tell us that fall is here. But this year, instead of dreading a long, cold winter, why not make the most of this glorious season? Gardening is not finished—for that matter, it never is! There is always something to do, and right now is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs.
forcing spring-flowering bulbs
The difference between hardy and tender bulbous plants is a matter of geography, not underground structure. Plants originally developed bulbs, corms, and tubers to help them survive conditions like cold and drought. In cold-climate gardens many tender bulbous plants which can’t survive extremely low soil temperatures can be lifted and brought indoors for their winter’s rest. Some of the varieties commonly lifted and stored indoors inNew Englandare tuberous begonias, dahlias, cannas, caladium, elephant’s ears and gladiolus.
Forcing spring bulbs is easy to do and far less expensive than buying pots of
flowers from retail establishments that do the growing for you.