Don' t plant those bulbs yet. Just because they arrive in retail stores doesn't mean its time to plant them. Nurseries and retailers begin selling bulbs in late summer, several weeks before it is time to plant in your area. Although you should certainly purchase the bulbs while they are fresh, hold off on planting until the soil has cooled to provide them with the best start. The proper time for planting will vary according to your area and the bulbs you wish to grow, but a rule of thumb is to wait until the soil at a depth of 6 inches is 60 degrees.
Things You'll Need
- Garden tools
- Bulb Fertilizer
- Blood meal
- Bone meal
Plan to plant your bulbs in September if you live in Zones 2 and 3; October in Zones 4 and 5; November in Zones 6 and 7; and December in Zone 8. If you live in Zone 9 you should purchase pre-chilled bulbs, otherwise it will be necessary to chill them in the refrigerator for 3 months.
Select an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day with loose well-drained soil. Till the soil to a depth of 8 inches and add well-rotted manure or compost to the existing soil. Mix this in well. If you have clay or sandy soil, you will need to amend it well to provide a rich friable soil for optimum growth.
Plant the bulbs with the pointed end up to a depth of 3 to 4 times the height of the bulb. If you miss the planting date for your area, you can still plant the bulbs, but plant them to a depth of 6 inches and mulch with several inches of hay or other mulch. Plant groupings in odd numbers of five or more for the best effect. Space large bulbs 6 inches apart and small bulbs 2 or 3 inches apart. Layer small and large bulbs in the same area by planting the larger bulb first and covering with soil. Plant the smaller bulb at the appropriate level and cover. Firm the soil with your hands.
Mulch and water thoroughly. Keep the soil evenly moist to encourage the growth of roots. Fertilize in the spring with a mixture of equal parts of bone meal, greensand, and blood meal. Apply to the topsoil around the bulbs and water well.
When to Plant Daffodil Bulbs
Plant most daffodils in fall when the soil is 60 degrees Fahrenheit at 6 inches below the surface. Plant paperwhite daffodils after...
When to Plant Iris Bulbs
Iris is an easy-to-grow perennial. Flowers grow on slender stems with green dagger leaves. Iris bloom in rainbow colors from white or...
When to Plant Allium Bulbs
Alliums (Allium spp.) span a broad range of garden favorites from ornamental bulbs to kitchen-garden essentials most cooks can't be without. Depending...
How to Plant Poppy Anemone Bulbs
The bright colored poppy anemone is an easy bulb to grow in sunny, well-draining soil for gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 5...
How to Plant Lily Bulbs
Lilies are a group of flowering bulbs renowned for being easy to grow. They come in a wide variety of shapes, colors...
How to Prune Perennials
Pruning perennials encourages the plants to put out more leaves and, often, more flowers - especially for spring-blooming plants. Pruning also keeps...
Companion Plants for Lilacs
Lilacs are an old-fashioned shrub whose fragrant flowers fill the air with an unmistakably sweet perfume. The flowers come in many shades...
How to Plant Tulip Bulbs
To plant tulip bulbs like a pro, add a little bone meal to a hole dug to about 2.5 times the height...
When to Plant Gladiolus Bulbs?
Gladiolus flowers are perennials that stand tall and beautiful. The flowers vary in color and give your garden a dramatic, lush feel...
When to Plant Jonquil Flower Bulbs
Jonquils (*Narcissus jonquilla*) are one of many species of daffodils, even though the name “Jonquil” is often erroneously applied to all daffodils....