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when to plant flowers in arkansas

When to plant flowers in arkansas

Consider planting your bulbs in clusters of bulbs instead of diluting them by spreading them out individually throughout the yard. A mass planting makes a much bigger statement than a string of flowers. You can intersperse different bulbs in the same planting, placing the larger bulbs below and layering upwards with smaller bulbs, and finishing with a planting of winter annuals across the top. No fertilizer is needed at planting, but do water them and mulch the plants. You can fertilize your spring blooming bulbs when you see the flower buds emerging or as soon as the flowers finish. They need the available fertilizer after flowering to replenish the bulb for next season.

Don’t be alarmed if you see bulb foliage emerging in late fall or early winter. Bulbs are cold-tolerant plants and the foliage should take winter weather in stride.
When you purchase your bulbs, look for firm, blemish-free bulbs. The larger the bulb, the larger the flower will be in the spring. Planting depth is also determined by bulb size. Small bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus and grape hyacinth are planted an inch or so deep, while the larger daffodils and tulips prefer a deeper planting — at least two to three times the size of the bulb, deep in the ground.

Make sure the planting site is well drained and gets sunlight in the spring when the foliage is actively growing. When you purchase your bulbs, they contain everything they need for the growing season, so no fertilizer is needed at planting. If you were to cut the bulb in half, you would see the small flower, foliage and roots already contained inside. All they need is chilling — a minimum of 12-15 weeks of temperatures below 55 degrees will allow the stems to stretch and elongate. Long, cold winters give us taller spring blooming bulbs, while mild winters give us earlier blooming and shorter stems. Following bloom in the spring, the remaining foliage needs sunlight to manufacture food to replenish the bulb for the following year. Spring bulb foliage needs a minimum of six to eight weeks of green growth with sunlight to set flower buds for the following year. Early blooming varieties can be planted under deciduous shade trees because they can get sunlight before the trees leaf out.
Now is the time to plant your spring blooming bulbs.
Although daffodils are the most common spring flowering bulb, there are many other choices. Crocus bloom first, followed by early daffodils, then snowdrops, grape hyacinths, hyacinths and, finally, tulips. All spring blooming bulbs are planted in the fall. Once planted, the bulbs begin to sprout roots and stems in the cool, moist soil of late fall and winter. Eventually, foliage emerges and flower buds appear. The bloom period begins from late January through April, depending on the species and the type of weather we have that season.
Spring bulbs can be planted from October through mid-January, but November is the ideal time. If you have purchased bulbs and don’t have time to plant yet, you can get them started chilling by storing them in a cool location in your garage, or if you have an extra refrigerator, store them in an empty hydrator drawer — not the freezer. Plant no later than mid-January.
Who doesn’t think spring is on the horizon when they see the first daffodil in bloom? Spring blooming bulbs are easy to grow and enjoy, and now is the time to plant them.

Temperatures during blooming also affect how long the flowers stay in bloom. An early warm spring gives us early blooms, but they are very short-lived. A long, cool spring like we had last year ensures a longer blooming period. That’s why florists keep their cut flowers in a refrigerator because the flowers last longer when chilled.

Who doesn't think spring is on the horizon when they see the first daffodil in bloom? Spring blooming bulbs are easy to grow and enjoy, and now is the time to

When to plant flowers in arkansas

The key to avoiding the drudgery is selecting the right plants and planting them closely enough that there is no room for weeds.

With your own cutting garden, you won’t have to wait for someone to buy you flowers. You can cut your own, slip them into a vase and instantly brighten up any room in the house.
Consider planting several different flowers in one bed to create interest in the space. Combine colors, sizes and textures for a beautiful environment that will attract bees and butterflies.

The downside of growing your own cutting flowers is that someone has to do the maintenance, right? All the bouquets in the world won’t make up for sweating while pulling weeds in July humidity. (And don’t even get me started on the mosquitoes.)
If you’ve ever received a surprise bouquet of flowers, then you know the effect a vase of fresh cut flowers has on a space. Some of the most beautiful cut flowers are easy to grow right in your own back yard, and they’re a great benefit to the bees and butterflies.

  • Echinacea – Also known as purple coneflower, this plant is one of the easiest to grow, blooms throughout summer and fall, and grows closely enough that there is little room for weeds. After the last chance of frost has passed (approximately April 15), lightly rake the surface of the soil in a prepared bed, where all grass and weeds have been removed. Sprinkle seeds about 6-inches apart and water well.
  • Zinnias – This popular cutting flower also blooms throughout summer and fall and comes in many colors. In prepared soil after the last chance of frost, plant a few zinnia seeds 6 to 12-inches apart and cover with ¼-inch of soil. Water well.

April showers bring May flowers…but first they must be planted. This is the perfect time of year to plant flowers in Northwest Arkansas, so let’s get started.
Here are a few low-maintenance flowers I recommend for your cutting garden:

Red zinnias look great in the garden and gorgeous in a vase on the kitchen table, too.

  • Milkweed – There has been a lot of talk lately about severely declining Monarch butterfly populations. Milkweed is the host plant for Monarchs, which means this is the only one which they will lay eggs on because it is the only plant the larvae can eat. There are many different types of milkweed, including many varieties that are native to Northwest Arkansas. A popular variety is tropical milkweed. While not native to our area, this variety grows well in our climate and blooms through summer and fall. It’s a stunning orange and red cut flower. Just be sure to add plenty of plants and leave some blooms for the butterflies.
  • Daisies – This simple yet beautiful flower is a staple in any cutting garden. It’s a perennial that also re-seeds, making it a low-maintenance flower year after year. While the white Shasta is the most widely known variety, there are plenty of daisies in different colors. Sow a few daisy seeds in a prepared bed 12-inches apart, ¼-inch deep in March or early April. Water well.
  • Time to plant flowers in Northwest Arkansas April showers bring May flowers…but first they must be planted. This is the perfect time of year to plant flowers in Northwest Arkansas, so let’s get