How to Use a Flower Bulb Planter Tool


A flower bulb planter tool makes quick work of bulb planting. A simple trowel is sufficient for planting a few bulbs, but a bulb planter, also known as a dibber or auger, speeds up the process when planting a large number of bulbs. The most commonly used bulb planter is a metal-teethed cone with a T-shaped handle attached. A ruler on the side of the cone measures soil depth, a handy accessory as different flower bulbs require planting at different depths.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in the planting area, if necessary, with a shovel. Some ground soils are very compact, making it difficult to use the bulb planter properly. Loosened soil also promotes root growth for the bulb.

Step 2

Push the bulb planter straight down into the soil. Pay attention to the measurements on the side of the metal cone. Each type of flower bulb is planted at a different depth. Follow the manufacturer's suggestion for the flower bulb you are planting. The general rule is to plant a flower bulb three times as deep as the bulb is long.

Step 3

Pull the bulb planter straight up. It will contain soil in the interior of the cone, leaving a perfect bulb planting hole in the ground.

Step 4

Drop the flower bulb in the hole, pointed side up.

Step 5

Turn the bulb planter upside-down to empty the soil, either to fill the just-created bulb hole or in a different location, before using it for the next flower bulb hole.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel (optional)
  • Bulb planting tool
  • Flower bulbs


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Keywords: bulb planting tool, bulb auger, bulb dibber

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