There are two basic methods for planting
bulbs. Using a garden trowel or bulb planter,
dig individual holes for each bulb. Loosen
the soil to a depth of 6-8" and add some
bulb fertilizer. Most bulbs have a visible
growing point, which should face upward.
As a general rule, bulbs should be planted
as deep as 2-3 times the height of the bulb.
Place your bulb in position in the hole and
cover it with loose soil.
If planting a quantity of bulbs in a single area, dig an entire bed to planting depth.
Place the bulbs in position, cover with soil and water. Bulbs need plenty of water and
good drainage. They require only minimal care during their blooming period. Like all
garden plants, they appreciate a weed-free growing area and watering when nature
doesn’t supply enough rain to keep the soil moist. Do not let water stand around
Hardy bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, that stay underground year round,
should be protected by mulch in winter. After blooming season is over, do not cut
back the leaves. Let the foliage yellow and die down naturally. The leaves provide
nourishment to the bulb to produce next year’s blooms.
Summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias, begonias,
gladiolus, cannas and calla lilies are less hardy in colder climates and
should be lifted each fall. Lift bulbs prior to a killing frost or as soon
as the frost has blackened the foliage. Dig up the bulbs gently, being
careful not to cut or damage them. Store them in a well-ventilated,
frost-free area until the foliage has dried. Remove the foliage and place
bulbs in an unsealed paper bag, old nylon stocking or a shallow,
plastic-lined box with a blanket of peat moss or vermiculite.
Summer-flowering bulbs require winter storage temperatures between
35-45°F. An ideal storage location would be an unheated garage or cellartype
basement. Most modern basements aren’t cool enough for winter
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