Best Spring Bulbs for the Gulf Coast Region
Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers
Your area, with its mild winter climate and hot, humid summers, is perfect for most summer-blooming bulbs - and fine for a surprising number of spring bloomers too, if carefully chosen.
Optimum Planting Time: October 1st - December 31st
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8, 9
- Most daffodils and other narcissi will thrive in your area even without pre-cooling, but tulips will require more effort! Most hardy spring-flowering bulbs must be treated as annuals in your area as there is not normally a long enough cold period to trigger the bloom cycle.
- To pre-cool tulips, hyacinths and crocuses, store at 35-45° F, for instance, in a refrigerator crisper drawer, for a minimum of 8 weeks and up to 14 weeks. It's important to avoid storing bulbs near ripening fruit, as it gives off ethylene gas, which can damage the flower inside the bulb. Once removed from cool storage, plant bulbs immediately.
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.