Some Fall Blooming Bulbs

Some Fall Blooming Bulbs
A number of bulbs bloom in the fall. These include the following.

Neapolitan cyclamen

This cyclamen is hardy in zones 4 through 8. It is easy to grow, especially in cold climates. Flowering takes place from late summer into the fall. The blooms, less than an inch wide, are borne on three to four inch long stems. The flowers can be white or red, and emerge mostly before the leaves appear. The foliage is marked with white and silver.

This plant is very vigorous. Space these a foot apart. Planting is usually done in July..

Sicily cyclamen

This bulb is hardy to zone 7. Flowering is from September through November.

The scented pastel pink flowers with twisted petals have purple blotches. These are borne on 2 to 6 inch tall stems. The foliage is over 2 inches wide and has lovely silver mottling. This cyclamen is very free flowering. Plant these bulbs an inch deep in semi-shade. Transplanting should be done in March.

There is a variety with white blossoms called Album.

Common Cyclamen

This is also called florist cyclamen and Persian cyclamen

This species is mostly grown indoors because it is only hardy in zone 9. The deep green leaves can be mottled with silver. The plants can be long lived if they are cared for properly.

There are many varieties of this species. Most of them have large blooms on 6 inch tall stems. This is often used as a flowering gift plant.

Flowering is typically from late fall to spring. The flower colors can include white, salmon, various reds, pink, and purple.

If the house is cool, the blossoms can last for a couple months, assuming the plant is receiving the right amount of water. (Never let it become wet or completely dry).

Avoid putting the plant in direct sun when it is blooming in order to help the
flowers to last longer.

Take care to not overwater this plant, especially after it quits flowering. Keep it fairly dry when it is dormant in the summer. Then, resume watering again and give it good light.

Keep half of the tuber above the soil surface. I knew someone who had kept one growing for years.

Fall Daffodil

This bulb is hardy in zones 6 through 9. It does really well in hot, dry, sunny spots. Full sun is best.

The yellow-gold blossoms appear in the early fall. They’re 1 ½ inches wide and are borne on 6 to 9 inch long stems.

The narrow leaves are up to a foot in length. The foliage emerges the same time as the flowers and are present throughout the winter. The plant then dies back to the ground in the spring.

Planting should be done in August and September. Pick a spot that is dry in the summer when the plants are dormant. Divide these bulbs only if they become crowded. These can also be grown in pots.

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