Bulb Planting Tips

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Flowers grown from bulbs are the first bright color of spring. If you don't have them included in your landscaping, you are missing out. The nice thing about bulbs is you plant them in the fall and just wait out the winter. After the snow melts from the ground you will soon see small green shoots turning into bright garden delights.


Plant the point of the bulb upwards. Generally, the larger the bulb, the deeper it is planted. However, always read the package and follow the manufacturer's planting suggestions. In most cases, you should plant the bulb 4 times deep as it is wide or 3 times its height. Spacing should also be followed per the package directions. Each type of flower bulb is different. However, forcing (blooming out of season) bulbs indoor, in a container, allows for them to be planted shoulder to shoulder.

Soil and Feeding

Bulbs enjoy a well-drained soil, where water is not allowed to sit around it. This means you need soil on the sandy side. If the soil in your location is clay-based, add compost until the soil breaks apart easily. Do not feed your bulbs regular fertilizer. It can cause damage to the roots. They have their own built in nutrients. If you feel your soil is lacking in nutrients, use a bulb fertilizer after the first year. The first year, added compost to the soil is the only additional nutrient that should be added.

Garden Design

Choose more than one type of bulb. If you purchase bulbs that bloom at different times you will enjoy lovely garden colors throughout the season. Snowdrops bloom in early spring. Bluebells, daffodils, tulips and crocus bloom in mid-spring. Allium and lily of the valley bloom in late spring. Iris, sword lily and dahlia bloom in early to late summer. Belladonna lily blooms in late summer. Meadow saffron, fall crocus and colchicum bloom in fall.


Most bulbs love sun. Plant them in a location of your garden where they will get the most daily sunshine. Still, there are bulbs that grow quite nicely in dappled sunshine. Daffodils, snowdrops and crocus enjoy a dappled sun peaking through deciduous tree branches. Generally, bulbs that bloom in fall will do well in a partial shade situation.

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Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.

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