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Spring is short in Louisiana. Weather rapidly transitions from winter to summer. But if you look for it and you're aware of the signs, spring actually starts to show up in February in Louisiana, especially in the southern part of the state.

Spring lingers through late April and into May. So we actually have eight weeks of spring weather, which isn't so bad. But whichever way you look at it, May is the first month of summer in Louisianans, so now is the time to switch from spring gardening activities to summer ones.

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The foliage on your spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths is probably beginning to look a little ratty in your landscape by now. Late April to early May is a great time to dig these spring flowering bulbs out of the garden where it's possible.

If these bulbs happen to be growing in the lawn or close to a three or shrub, consider leaving them in the landscape to go dormant naturally. It's not worth disturbing the root systems of other plants in order to properly store these bulb.

For the best results for next year's blooms for those bulbs that you can get out of the ground, use a pitchfork instead of a shovel. With a pitchfork, you'll loosen the soil but won't sever roots or accidentally cut a bulb in half the way you might do with a shovel.

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Planting spring flowering bulbs now is critical for proper growth and development later on in spring. This applies to bulbs like tupis and hyacinths.

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These days we're used to the instant gratification of planting blooming bedding plants for immediate color in our landscapes.

But if you want spring flowering bulbs to brighten your gardens this spring, this simply won't work. You must plant the bulbs that will bloom this spring some time this fall.


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For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September, but days in the 90s are not uncommon this month. And after a long, hot summer, these long, scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.

Tulip bulb
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Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.


Narcissus ‘Grand Primo’ has deep green foliage and pure white flowers and reliably blooms year after year.
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If you want tulips and daffodils to brighten your garden next spring, you have to plant them this fall.


An Easter lily, planted after the holiday, blooms in a garden.
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Easter passed by about a month ago, but if you still have Easter lilies hanging around, put them in the ground. They will come back and bloom year after year.


Growing Amaryllises

Nov 17, 2012
An amaryllis blooming in Baton Rouge, La.
Frank McMains

There are few spring flowering bulbs that can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April in Louisiana, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden.