How to Plant Bouquet Bulbs


Bouquet bulbs--clusters of bulbs--make an interesting contrast or focal point for yards. Plant the bulbs by color in groups to form a natural bouquet. In each flower bed, make use of both spring and summer bulbs to have continuous color during the blooming seasons. Gardeners can also plant bulbs in mixed color arrangements to add even more variety to the landscape.

Step 1

Remove compost, debris and weeds from the bouquet bulb flower area. Dig 12 to 18 inches into the dirt and loosen. Add compost, peat or rough organic material if the soil is primarily clay.

Step 2

Test the soil pH level. Bulbs grow best in soil that is 6 to 7 in pH level. Make the proper adjustments to the soil before planting bouquet bulbs.

Step 3

Pour bonemeal over the loose dirt (from previous step). For 10 feet of planting area use 2 cups of bonemeal, advises the University of Illinois Extension. Use a till or garden hoe to mix the bonemeal into the soil.

Step 4

Level the area with a garden rake. Sort the bulbs by their colors. Place bulbs on the ground in appropriate clusters to make the desired bouquet bulb design.

Step 5

Dig 4- to 8-inch holes to plant the bulbs. Ideally, hole depths should be three times the height of the bulb. Scatter 1 teaspoon of phosphorus into the bottom of each hole.

Step 6

Place each bulb in a hole with roots touching the base of the hole. Place only one bulb per hole. Use your hand to fill in dirt around the bulb. Leave approximately a quarter-inch of bulb tip or shoot exposed above the hole.

Step 7

Water the bouquet bulb area until the ground is wet but not overly soaked.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid overzealous watering at planting time to prevent the potential for bulb root rot, warns the University of Illinois Extension.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Garden hoe or small garden till
  • Soil pH test kit
  • Bonemeal
  • Garden rake


  • University of Illinois Extension: Bulbs and More
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