Eco Minute October 9, 2015

Oct 12, 2015

When I lived up north, knowing that the tulip and daffodil bulbs I planted in the fall would be blooming in the spring helped to get through the long, cold winter.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  In NW Florida, we don’t have the long cold winters and tulips don’t do well here, but you can still plant bulbs now that will welcome the warm spring weather.   According to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences or IFAS, Florida's climate lets growers raise a variety of tropical and subtropical bulbs in their gardens. However, many common northern species such as tulips, hyacinths, and some lilies do not do well this far south.  Their website and several other websites have lists of which bulbs do well in Florida.  They also have directions on how to prepare the soil and plant your bulbs for the best results.