Planting Perennial Bulbs

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We are going to plant these two bulbs. The ones that are going to be planted differently. This Day Lilly bulb, they recommended they be planted two inches deep, but we are only going to plant the root section two inches deep. I've already dug a hole here that is quite a bit bigger than my plant and I am going to back fill it with the fortified soil that I made a while ago that has a commercial blend of fertilizer in it. You will notice that since I planted it, there is still a bunch of it sticking out. As I said before, if we bury it under the ground with all this vegetation covering it, we just did that we buried it. It's gone. Now, the Elephant Ear over here is going to be a whole lot easier to do. We dug a hole to where we can plant this thing two to three inches deep, and that two to three inches deep means above this growing part right here. So we dug a hole that's probably eight inches deep and we are going to set this baby right down in the ground like that. The root is going to come out that other end. This is where the growth is going to come out, and you can see that it is below the surface. Now that we got it setting in there it is a lot easier to plant that the other. We are going to back fill it with some of this fortified soil we got and it's just a matter of covering it up. Once we get enough material in the hole we're done with it. The main reason we didn't put the original soil back in the hole, is generally speaking, this soil is a lot harder with clay than anything we would like to see most anything planted in and so I am ending it with some manure and some fertilizer and some actual potting soil is really the way to fly when you have a tight soil, or what we call a tight soil, being that it has a high clay content and gets really hard. So there's the difference in reading the label. They both said to plant them below the surface a number of inches. This one said two and this one said three, but you don't take a sprouted bulb and bury the whole thing. You bury the root system, whatever depth they set and let the growth whatever may have sprouted inside the package and this one obviously was. Let it stick above the ground, because that is how it would have actually sprouted had it been in a bed situation when the sprouting occurred during the shipping down here to the big state of Texas.