How to Plant a Bulb Garden


Bulbs are easy to take care of--plant them and forget them. They'll continue to bloom year after year with very little help. Fall is the time to plant bulbs for spring blossoms. The bulbs will grow a healthy root system over the winter months and send up their fragrant blooms in spring.

Step 1

Pick a site for your bulb garden. Because your bulbs will bloom in early spring before the trees leaf out, you can plant them under a tree or in an area that is shaded by a tree during summer. You can also plant them in a bed among perennial flowers that don't bloom until early summer.

Step 2

Plant bulbs in groups of at least three of the same type. The best effect is often achieved by planting dozens of the same type in groups or drifts, much like Mother Nature would do. This is also referred to as "naturalizing" bulbs.

Step 3

Use a bulb planter. A bulb planter is shaped like a large, deep cookie cutter with a handle. Insert it into the ground and remove the plug of soil. Add 1 tsp. of granulated bulb fertilizer to the bottom of the hole and mix it in with a fork or stick. Drop the bulb into the hole with the pointed side up and replace the soil plug.

Step 4

Water the area with a sprinkler after all of the bulbs have been planted.

Step 5

After the flowers fade, cut the stems to the ground but do not cut off the leaves. The bulbs derive nourishment from the leaves until they die about six weeks after the flowers fade. If you cut off the leaves while they are still green, the bulbs will not bloom the following year.

Things You'll Need

  • Bulb planter
  • Granulated bulb fertilizer

Who Can Help

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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.