How to Plant Flower Bulbs in Florida


Florida gardeners can grow many subtropical and tropical flowers by bulb, including amaryllis, caladium, calla lily, canna lily, gladiolus and several types of lily. However, many classic bulb flowers--including tulip, daffodil and lily--fare poorly in the Florida climate. Plant any recommended bulb for Florida gardens in the right time of year and follow up with watering to ensure gardening success.

Step 1

Plant your bulbs in a site that provides the light conditions--full sun, part sun or shade--they prefer. The University of Florida provides a list of preferred planting times for bulbs that do well in Florida and includes the optimal planting environment for each.

Step 2

Prepare the soil for bulb planting. The University of Florida recommends scattering a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic matter (compost or manure) across the bed, then turning over the soil with a shovel to work in the organic material. This provides the Florida native soil with enough nutrients to support the bulb.

Step 3

Dig one hole for each bulb, using the shovel and following the spacing and depth instructions on your bulb package, since each type of bulb has different planting requirements.

Step 4

Place one bulb in each hole so that the pointy side faces the sky. Cover over the bulbs with soil.

Step 5

Water the newly planted bulbs so the soil becomes moist but not soaked. The University of Florida recommends keeping the soil moist but not boggy until the bulbs germinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Manure
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Bulbs
  • Water


  • University of Florida: Bulbs for Florida
  • University of Florida: Recommended Bulbs and Planting Times
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