1. Life & Culture

Timely tendings: Plant bulbs now for spring bloom

Now is a great time to add bulbs to your landscape. Amaryllis bulbs (Hippeastrum spp.) could be called the Florida tulip. They make a striking bloom show in the spring when planted in groups of 10 or more in landscape beds. Remember, when planting amaryllis bulbs, the collar and the very top of the bulb should be above the soil line. Keep the mulch away from the top of the bulb.

Plant crinum or swamp lily bulbs (Crinum americanum) now for spring and summer bloom. Well-suited to hot, dry locations, crinum lilies grow from what are among the largest true bulbs, some weighing over 40-pounds. Crinums will recover quickly if we have frosts in our area.

Other bulbs to plant now are gladiolus, lycoris, daylilies and zephyr lilies.

Prepare your planting bed with plenty of organic matter such as compost.

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Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to