When is the best time to palnt fall bulbs in Chicago area?

vivian_2010October 22, 2010

I am in Zone 5a and north of Chicago. When would you recommend to be good time to plant fall bulbs? Searched on line and there are several versions. Some recommend plant right before the first frost, and some recommend to do it after the first frost to make sure ground is cool enough. I have been gardening for several years and have limited experience with fall bulbs.

Thanks in advance for your help,


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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I'd say now is the time to be planting in your area, as I'm sure the soil has cooled considerably.

What are you planting?


    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 9:46PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

I would plant now in your zone. Small bulbs and narcissus are supposed to be planted before tulips. They need time to get their roots established before the ground freezes, which I'm guessing in your area might be the end of December. Tulips can be planted probably up until the end of November.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 12:19PM
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Thanks for your feedback. I will start planting today then. Here are the bulbs I plant to plant: Tulips, daffodil, allium and muscari.


    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 2:42PM
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Janine Starykowicz

Just finished @120 bulbs, a few tulips but mostly crocuses and two kinds of little alliums. I've planted up until New Year's, and most of them have come up although some not until the next year.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 5:41PM
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