spring for bulbs!
For everything there is a season & now is the time to plant spring 2015 bulbs! Don’t have space for a garden? No problem! Most bulbs do just as well in containers as they do in the ground.
The same pots used for spring flowers (tulips, hyacinths & daffodils) can be replaced with warm-weather bulbs (callas, cannas, or caladiums) for summer-long beauty.
Be sure to plant flowering bulbs after the last frost date in your area.
Pick the Right Spot & Select Quality Bulbs
Even healthy bulbs will fail if they’re planted in the wrong spot. Most bulbs do best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun per day) with well-drained soil.
Smart bulb planting starts at a garden center with high-quality bulbs. Look for those that are plump & firm. It’s typically best to avoid bulbs that are mushy/soft or have mold growing on them.
When shopping, be sure to look for big bulbs! The bigger they are, the more they bloom compared to smaller bulbs of the same variety.
Place Pointy Side Up & Plant Deep Enough
How in the heck do I know which side is up? If the bulb has a pointed end, that’s usually the side that faces up. If you don’t see a pointy end, place the bulb in your soil sideways & let nature figure it out
Not sure how deep to plant your bulbs? Generally, dig a hole 2 – 3x deeper than the bulb is tall. If you have a 3” tall bulb, dig a hole 6” – 9” deep.
There are always exceptions, so check the planting directions that come with the bulb or a helpful garden store employee.
Give Them Good Soil & Water Well
Like most plants, bulbs appreciate well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Mix compost into your bulbs’ planting holes to ensure blooming. This is especially important if you have heavy clay soil or ground that stays wet.
Bulbs are plants too, so they appreciate a good drink after you plant them. This will encourage the bulbs to send out roots & become established more quickly. A good watering will eliminate air pockets in the soil that could cause your bulbs to dry out.