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What Bulbs to Plant in February

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Although most spring bulbs are typically planted in late fall, many can also be planted in late winter. Planting bulbs in February simply means the display will not be as abundant or successful, but it is possible to plant them for a potential display. Tulips, daffodils and other spring and summer bulbs can be planted during this month for a nice burst of color come springtime. Even if the blooms are not impressive, you can leave the bulbs in the ground for the following year’s display.


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These popular spring flowers have long been prized for their trumpet-shaped blooms and early spring appearance. Daffodils come in a wide assortment of colors, including yellow, pink, white, orange and red. Plant bulbs in well-draining soil. Daffodils are relatively easy to grow and add visual appeal to any spring garden with impressive heights of 6 to 24 inches.


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Tulips are another well-known spring flower. Their arrival welcomes the change in seasons as they sprout blooms in almost every color imaginable, including red, yellow and pink. These upright flowers look best when planted in mass, making a statement on any landscape. Tulips need well-drained soil in full or partial sun to thrive. They vary in height from 6 to 30 inches tall.


The hyacinth is a showy flower that stands upright like the tulip and daffodil. They are quite fragrant and make their appearance in mid-spring. Hyacinths boast tiny, individual flowers in numerous shades, such as yellow, blue, white and pink. This flower will reach a height of up to 12 inches. They need full sun for optimal bloom, as well as good draining soil.


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Recognized for its tiny white blooms, snowdrop bulbs can also be planted in early February for a light show. The droopy appearance of the snowdrop blooms add interest and texture to spring flower gardens. Snowdrops make their advent in early spring and prefer partial to full shade with well-draining organic soil. Their shade tolerance allows gardeners to use it as a filler in places where full sun is not available. Snowdrop reaches heights between 6 and 8 inches.


The crocus is a delicate spring flower that needs full or partial sun with good soil drainage to thrive. Although not as impressive in terms of height, crocus will grow up to 6 inches high and stand upright. White, purple and yellow blooms with grass-like foliage help identify crocus. Plant bulbs as early as possible in February for better bloom. There are several fall-blooming varieties of crocus available in addition to the spring types.

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