How to Plant Bulbs in February


February is an excellent time to plant summer-blooming bulbs such as tuberous begonias, cannas and gladiolus. Staggering the planting times will ensure a steady supply of blooms throughout the growing season. Starting the bulbs in pots indoors allows them a head start on development. In spring, when the weather warms, they can be planted in the garden or left in their pots for patio color.

Step 1

Pour fungicide into a container. Dip the bulbs into the solution for 10 to 20 seconds to afford the bulbs protection from fungus and rehydrate them.

Step 2

Mix equal parts of peat moss and coarse sand. Pour the mixture into the pots.

Step 3

Bury the bulbs to the depth specified on the bulb packaging. For many bulbs the planting depth will be 1 inch.

Step 4

Water the soil until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Allow it to drain completely. Keep the soil moist, never soggy, while the bulbs develop.

Step 5

Place the pots on a heat mat and set it to 70 degrees, F.

Step 6

Position the grow lights 6 inches above the pots. Adjust the height of the grow lights so that they always remain 6 inches above the plants.

Step 7

Fertilize the plants for the first time when they reach 3 inches tall with an all-purpose, water-soluble liquid fertilizer at half the strength recommended on the packaging. Always apply fertilizer to wet soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid fungicide
  • Planting pots
  • Peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Heat mat
  • Grow lights
  • All-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer


  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook"; ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension: Summer Flowering Bulbs
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