📅 When to plant Brodiaea bulbs:
The ideal time to plant your Brodiaea bulbs is in early spring (fall is also a great option, but then you should store them way too long which isn’t good for the bulbs). Planting them this spring, allows them to establish roots before the warmer weather arrives, providing a strong foundation for beautiful blooms during the summer months.
If you live in an area with a warmer climate, such as USDA hardiness zones 5-9, you’ll be able to plant your spring bulbs right away when you receive them.
If you live in an area with a colder climate, USDA hardiness zone 4 and below, then you should wait until the frost has passed.
📦 Storing your Brodiaea bulbs:
When your Brodiaea bulbs arrive, the first step is to check them carefully for any damage or signs of disease. If they appear healthy, the next step depends on the climate of your living area (see content above).
If you are unable to plant your bulbs immediately upon arrival, store them in a cool, dry location with good ventilation. Avoid exposing the bulbs to extreme temperatures, moisture, or direct sunlight. Check them regularly for any signs of mold, rot, or dehydration.
🌿 Preparing your garden for planting:
Start by choosing a location with well-draining soil, as these bulbs prefer not to sit in soggy conditions. Brodiaea thrives in full sun to partial shade, so select a spot that receives ample sunlight throughout the day. Prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 6-8 inches and mixing it in some organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. This will improve soil fertility and drainage.
🌱 How to plant your Brodiaea bulbs:
- Dig holes about 3-4 inches deep, spaced 4-6 inches apart.
- Place each bulb with the pointy end facing upwards.
- Cover the bulbs with soil and gently pat down.
- Water the area thoroughly to settle the soil and initiate root growth.
💧 Watering & caring tips:
Water regularly during the growing season, providing about 1 inch of water per week. When the foliage starts to die back, gradually reduce watering.
A good thumb rule is to water the plant deeply when the top 2 inches of soil are dry (just feel this with your finger).
🌸 How to keep your Brodiaea bulbs blooming?
- As the flowers begin to fade, remove the spent blooms to encourage more flowering.
- Once the foliage has completely withered, stop watering to allow the bulbs to enter dormancy.
- Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring as the new growth emerges.
- Keep the planting area weed-free to reduce competition for nutrients and water.