Planting Bulbs

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Planting bulbs is an easy way to add years color and attract beneficial insects to your garden. Also, in my opinion, one of the easiest ways to get started gardening. Whether you get a pot/container or dig a whole Just remember these simple steps.



How To Plant Bulbs

1.       Loosen and spade the soil for the intended planting area.

2.       Dig a hole twice the size of the bulb. For larger bulbs, that’s around 8” deep and for smaller bulbs around 4” deep.

3.       Place bulb in the hole with the root side down and pointy side up.

Like most root crops bulbs need phosphorus to reach their full potential. The bottom

Of the whole should be lined with bone meal or fertilizer with high phosphorus.

4.       Cover the bulbs and add an all-purpose fertilizer with even numbers (3-3-3 or 10-10-10) to the top layer of soil.

5.       Water, mulch and wait.

6.        Once shoots emerge it is time to apply the same all-purpose fertilizer again.


Where to Plant

Most bulbs need full sun to produce copious amounts of blooms.  Look for an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight.  Adequate drainage is important.  Bulbs planted in a water-logged area a susceptible to rotting


When To Plant

 Plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, anemone, narcissus, alliums, and crocuses in the fall before the ground freezes. Planting at this time helps to ensure they receive the necessary time to establish roots before the ground freezes. Summer flowering bulbs, aka my favorites, like Dahlias, daylilies, begonias and canna lilies are planted after the last frost date.  They still need the same fertilization recommendations.



Spring blooming bulbs go dormant during the summer time and summer blooming bulbs during the fall.  You can tell the bulbs are entering dormancy as the foliage dies back and turns yellow.  During this period bulbs can be dug up with a spading fork, shovel or spade, washed, dried and stored.  Store some summer flowering bulbs in an inert planting medium such as coco fiber, sand, peat moss, or vermiculite.  Pay proper attention when storing within the medium.  Too much medium will cause the bulbs to heat and rot.  Replant the bulbs the following season during the recommended planting dates. 

If you have never tried planting bulbs or looking for a way to get started gardening, it doesn’t get much easier than planting bulbs.  Give it a try and let me know about your experience.


-Let’s grow together-



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