Are you preparing to plant fall bulbs but don't know what grows in the Midwest? We all know that you can't grow tropical plants in the Midwest. You should avoid planting flowering that won't survive a winter frost and freeze.
As someone who is fairly new to gardening, you may not know the ins and outs of the best times to plant bulbs and the steps you should be taking to get ready for planting. You can't plant bulbs after the ground freezes, so you'll want to keep that in mind when you're thinking about planting.
Most bulbs need between 14 and 16 weeks of cold temperatures that are between 41 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit followed by two to three weeks of room temperature before they will bloom. Ideally, the best time for planting bulbs in the fall is from September 30 through November 30 in the Midwest.
Fall Bulbs That Grow in the Midwest
When you want to ensure that your garden will be blossoming come spring, check out these fall flower bulbs to plant now:
Dutch Iris: The intense colors of Dutch iris will be welcomed after a dreary and colorless winter. There are a variety of the blooms available including blue, magenta, purple and yellow. For the best display, plant them in pots. They're a hardy bulb that will survive a Midwest winter.
Daffodils: This classic bulb can stand up to the cold and are easy to grow, making them perfect for those who are new to gardening. You'll love the way they look when several are growing in a pot come spring.
Tulips: There are a variety of tulip bulbs that can be planted in the fall, including parrot tulips. You'll find plenty of this bulb, as well as daffodils, being sold between August and October. Tulips can grow anywhere, including through a brutally cold Midwest winter, and will more than likely return year after year.
Other fall bulbs you can plant in the Midwest include Ornamental alliums, lilies, crocuses, hyacinths and scilla.