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Planting Spring Bulbs

Roses Poinsettias • Planting Spring Bulbs

September – October

Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Plant bulbs as soon as possible after receiving them so they don’t dry out. Always choose a location with good drainage. Add compost or sand if necessary, and work into soil.

A good rule of thumb is to plant bulbs at a depth of 3 times their height (generally 5-8”) and to space them 3 times their width apart, unless specified on their package. Adding small sharp stones around the bulb may deter rodents. Bulbs can also be treated with a rodent repellant spray. Add a quality bulb food according to package directions as you plant.

A clever way to mark plantings of tulips and daffodils to prevent over planting in the same location, is to surround them with crocus and grape hyacinth. Their leaves come up in the fall, marking the existing bulb planting.

Water bulbs thoroughly after planting.

Summer Bulb Care

Summer bulbs that can be saved:

Elephant Ear
Glory Lily
Magic Lily (Amaryllis)
Summer Hyacinth

Dig summer bulbs right after the first light frost. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil and separate bulbs carefully by hand. Shake off excess soil and trim foliage to 1 or 2” above bulb. Set in warm, dry location out of direct sun, for a few days to dry. Bulbs may be dusted lightly with a fungicidal powder.

Store bulbs in breathable boxes or paper bags, lined with newspapers and slightly damp
peat moss. Layer bulbs with more peat moss. Do not allow bulbs to touch one another. Top with several sheets of newspaper. Store boxes in a dark place, where temperatures are 45-50 degrees. Check bulbs periodically – discard any rotting bulbs.

Replant in spring when over night temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees.



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