The Q&A Archives: When to Plant Bulbs in Atlanta

Question: Can bulbs be grown in the Atlanta, Ga. area, since they
probably do not get the proper winter temperatures?
If so which ones and when are they planted?

Answer: As long as they receive about 6 weeks of temperatures below 40F, hardy bulbs (daffodils, tulip, crocus, hyacinth, etc.) should bloom in spring. Most varieties of these species are rated to grow as far south as zone 8, and Atlanta is in zone 7. It's best to plant bulbs after soil temperatures have dropped to 60F (late October, early November). If planted earlier, they may start to grow in fall and get nipped as winter sets in. There are lots of other beautiful flowers that grow from bulbs and blossom in summer and fall, too!

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