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Planting Flower Bulbs

October 24, 2010


Photo by Bo Van der Assum

With September here, now is the time to start thinking about spring; for planting tulips that is.   AUTUMN IS THE IDEAL TIME TO PLANT BULBS. Late September and October are the best months for planting, but you can go as late as December depending on frost conditions. There are a wide array of bulbs to choose from such as daffodils, tulips, irises, dahlias and wild lilies to name a few. To help in a beautiful ground arrangement come springtime, here are some simple tips to take when you plant bulbs. Also take note this is an ideal time to plant shrubs, too.

1. If you are not going to plant right away, store in a cool, dry place.

2. Best to plant in full to partial sun.

3. Pick an arrangement on the ground first before actually planting. You can group or plant separately.

4. Know your bulb! Determine if best to plant face up or face down. The package might say or ask the person at the nursery. Usually if it has roots (downward); if teardrop shape usually (up).

5. Hole should be 3x deep than the actually bulb. Add fertilize /compost before planting if needed.

6. Place desired amount of bulb/bulbs in hole.

7. Cover with soil and water thoroughly.

8. Depending on the amount of rain, you might need to water at least once a month.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 6:21 AM

    A tip: if you live in deer- and mole-prone areas, plant daffodils! Nobody eats ’em. This is also the time of year to pull non-hardy bulbs and tubers if you live in frost-prone areas. I’ve got my glads, elephant ears and gloriosas pulled and the cannas will be later this week.

  2. Art permalink
    October 25, 2010 10:49 PM

    October is the time of year also to cut back dead flowers such as the black eyed Susan, lilies and cone flowers. I cut back on chrysanthemums at this time of year to within half a foot of the ground. Yes, deer also ate my flowers (impatiens) and left only the stems, so they are a problem here as well.

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