How to Moisten Bulbs Prior to Spring Planting


Planting bulbs in the spring is a great way to grow perennial flowers. They include gladiolas, irises, dahlias and freesia. Many bulbs go into the ground in the fall, such as tulips and daffodils, but you can plant them in the spring if you forget to do it in the autumn. They should be planted after the last frost in your region. Moistening bulbs before planting them will get them started growing. It will also get them used to the outdoor temperatures, to minimize shock once they go into the ground.

Step 1

Keep spring-planted bulbs cool and dry if they arrive too early to plant them. This will keep them from sprouting before their time. Aim for a storage location with a temperature between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Choose potted bulbs that are still green in color. They should be in bud, but not blooming yet.

Step 3

Water the pots well with a hose or watering can prior to spring planting. Test the soil with your finger and make sure it is saturated several inches into the pot.

Step 4

Place the bulbs in a cold area for a day or two before planting them. Make sure it is a protected spot, not outside in the open. The temperature should be chilly but above freezing. This will get them used to the cold temperatures before they are planted.

Step 5

Check on the bulbs over the next day or two to make sure the soil is still moist. If it has dried out, add more water. Do this until you are ready to bring them outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Bulbs
  • Pots
  • Water
  • Watering can or hose
  • Gloves


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