Want a spring full of easy-care flowers? Plant daffodils and other bulbs that provide a lot of flower power without much water and no fuss. Plant some each week for the next three weeks to spread out your spring bloom. For bigger blooms, add a tablespoon of bone meal to each planting hole.
▪ Pre-chill bulbs that need a little cold to produce spring blooms. In Sacramento, tulips and hyacinths require six weeks in the refrigerator crisper before planting to mimic winter under a blanket of snow. While the bulbs are chilling, don’t store apples or pears in the refrigerator. They release a gas that will cause the bulbs to rot. Plan to get these bulbs in the ground or pots by early December.
▪ Don’t forget summer bulbs; they likely need to come out of the ground or they may rot if we have a wet winter. Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.
▪ Apply mulch to cover bulbs and tubers left in the ground.