The Q&A Archives: Bulbs in New Mexico

Question: What bulbs are good for New Mexico weather and should I start now?

Answer: As a general guideline, plant spring-blooming bulbs in the fall, about 6-8 weeks before your first frost. Plant summer-blooming bulbs in the spring, after your last frost date. On average, the last frost date in ABQ is mid April; the first frost is late October. So, it's late February now. Wait until weather warms up and soil is workable. You'll need to amend soil with plenty of organic matter (compost, aged manure) and loosen it to a depth of 12 inches. Summer bulbs include caladium, canna, dahlia, daylily, elephant?s ear, gladiolus, monbretia (Crocosmia), rain lily and society garlic (Tulbaghia).

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