Fall Means Bulbs!

Stop in a check out our display of Holland Bulbs.
 Enjoy an a la carte selection which lets you decide what you want to take home!


*Mention this newsletter and receive 20% off your Bulb Purchase!

Deer Resistant Daffodils!

If you are troubled with hungry deer in your garden, but still want to enjoy the sunny beauty of spring flowering bulbs, consider planting daffodils.  Daffodils are among the easiest and most rewarding plants for the home gardener.  The bulbs are poisonous and not attractive to hungry rodents.  Daffodils do not need to be dug up periodically and separated.  They naturalize into the landscape, but the biggest advantage to planting daffodils is that the blossoms are not eaten by deer.  Unlike tulips, which deer love to eat, daffodils seem to be deer-proof!
When planted in beds and borders, place daffodils behind the late-growing perennials such as day-lilies and hostas to hide the dying daffodil foliage and look for a well drained soil for them.  If the soils has poor drainage, the bulbs may become too wet and rot. 

 The Beauty - The Bulb 

planting bulbs 

Fall is the best time to plant Spring flowering bulbs.  In the North and mid-sections of the US, flower bulbs should be planted between September and November, whether in the shade or full sunlight.  However, flower bulbs can be planted even when the Winter frost has appeared, as long as the soil or compost is easily cultivated. 

There are several different ways to plant flower bulbs.  However, the most popular is to simply dig a shallow hole using a trowel.  To create a more "natural" effect, gently scatter flower bulbs over your desired planting area, letting them land in whatever holes they "find" and plant them there. 

As for planting depth, the general rule is to plant bulbs twice as deep as their height.  Smaller bulbs should be planted fairly close together, roughly four inches apart; larger bulbs should have approximately five inches separating them.  To create a bolder splash of color, you can plant them even closer, to the point where your bulbs are almost touching.  

Flower bulbs thrive in well-drained soil, and left to grow and naturalize.  They prefer some organic material or compost mixed in with the planting soil.  It's important to remember, however, that before planting anything, you should always cultivate your garden soil.  It not only makes planting much easier, it also helps the bulbs' new roots get off to a good start. 

After bulbs have been planted, water the soil well.  If you live in an area subject to severe frosts, give them extra protection by covering them with straw, dead leaves or compost. 

Because flower bulbs create reserves of food, the fading of the first year's bloom doesn't mean flowering has ended.  Many will reappear the following spring, especially if you add a little plant food when the flowers have begun to fade.  For maximum effect, combine different types of bulbs in the same planting area to create a stunning array of colors.  This will also ensure that your flowers will reappear year after year. 




 RHS Homecoming
RHS logo
The RHS Homecoming Dance is
Sat. Oct 1st!
Stop in early for best selection and see us for all your corsage and boutonniere needs.
Also enjoy our windows painted by the RHS swim team as we support our Hodags Homecoming Week!

StreamerIt's Our Anniversary! 


This year marks Forth's 111th Anniversary!


We will be celebrating from

 Oct. 10th-15th, 2011


Stop in and Visit!  There will be specials all week!  




Forth's Fall Classes!


Forcing Bulbs at Home


Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00pm


Saturday, October 22nd at 1:30pm

Cost is $15.00/person

Please call us at 715-362-7600 to reserve your spot today! 

Fall Leaf 

Plant a Terrarium 


Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm


Saturday, November 5th at 1:30pm

Cost is $35.95/person

Please call us at 715-362-7600 to reserve your spot today!




Make Your Poinsettia Bloom Again!

We know it's early to mention Christmas, but if you happen to have a poinsettia left over from last Christmas, here are some tips on how to make it re-bloom:
  • Re-flowering for the winter blooming can only occur when it's given 14 hours of continuous darkness, starting Oct. 1st.
  • Night temps should be between 60-70 degrees.
  • During the daytime, there must be direct daylight from 6-8 hours. 
  • The dark period can be accomplished by placing the plant in a dark closet in the evening or covering with a cardboard box. 
With these simple tips you should see blooms just in time for this year's Holiday Season!


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