The Q&A Archives: Bulbs in Nevada

Question: I'd like to plant some bulbs this fall. Do I need to dig them up every year to keep them blooming? I live between zone 8-9 and I'd prefer bulbs that require little work.

Answer: We can leave bulbs in the ground year round in our zone. However, some types don't survive that well, such as tulips, and are best treated as annuals. Some bulb plants that do well include rain lilies (Zephyranthes), Dutch iris, bearded iris, ranunculus, tritonia, canna, amaryllis, and freesia. Daffodils and hyacinths, like tulips, usually do well only the first year, and tulips and daffodils need 6 weeks of refrigeration before planting. The others don't require that. Try to plant in an area that gets protection from afternoon sun, such as a northern exposure. Hope this helps!

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