Darin Engh of Engh Gardens shares tips on planting spring bulbs.
Planting bulbs now will brighten the chilly days of spring. Spring bulbs include old favorites such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths, as well as some less-known but equally beautiful alliums and fritillarias. The following are a few tips to help in planting your spring bulbs.
Plant early- Plant spring-flowering bulbs in mid-September to mid-October.
A good depth- How deep to plant your bulbs
Naked vs. Tunic- Without the brown layer of outer skin, tulips may produce even more successfully. Choose bulbs that are firm, and show no evidence of mold or dryness.
This end up- Plant bulbs with the pointed end up. The bottom of the bulb should be in firm contact with the soil. If there is an air-pocket the bulb may not root properly and may begin to rot.
Bulb boosters- For bountiful blooms feed bulbs at time of planting and just after the bloom. Bulbs restore themselves for the next year just after their blossoms die back; leave the yellowing, decaying foliage following their spring show. Plant bulbs under late spring perennials; these beauties will begin to show off just as your spring-flowering bulbs fade. Intermix bulbs with pansies to have a season full of color.
Tiered Bulb Container
Fill container with potting soil to within 6 inches of the top.
Place bulbs at a depth of two times their size, 6 inches for tulips, 4-6 inches for hyacinths, and 2-3 inches for crocus.
Don’t let the bulbs touch each other.
Add soil between each layer of bulbs.
Plant violas or pansies on top to give instant color.
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