INFORMATION ABOUT PLANTING FLOWER BULBS…
Image by Audrey Nolte Planting flower bulbs is a rewarding task. There are few plants out there that will reward you the way bulbs will. Planting a flower bulb is easy, whether you are planting a Daffodil or a Crocosmia.
There are two basic rules to planting flower bulbs.
The first is that the pointy end always goes up. It doesn’t matter what kind of bulb you are planting, it has a pointy end. This is where the leaves of the plant will come up. While it is true that you can plant the pointy end down and the bulb will still grow, if you do this, you are unnecessarily stressing the plant. At best, this will result in a poor show of flowers. At worst, the extra effort will kill the plant.
The second rule is to plant the bulb 2 – 2 1/2 times deeper than the size of the bulb. So if your bulb is a small 1 inch bulb, you would plant the bulb 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep. If your bulb is a larger 3 inch bulb, you will want to plant the bulb 6 to 7 1/2 inches deep.
If you follow these two basic rules, you are guaranteed a show of flowers in the Spring. Of course there are things you can do to improve the display you will get.
One of these things is to add a bit of bulb food to the hole before putting your bulb in. This will give your bulb an extra boost come Spring. Just make sure that there is a thin layer of dirt between the bulb and the food, so that the bulb does not get fertilizer burn.
You may also want to cover the spot that you have planted a bulb with a few inches of leaves or mulch. This will help keep the bulb from being heaved out of the ground over the winter.
If you are planting bulbs in the Spring, make sure you water them thoroughly.
Most bulbs do best in a sunny location. Make sure the place you choose to do your planting gets plenty of sun.
Some people like a formal layout for their bulb plantings while others enjoy a naturalized look.
To acheve a formal look, lay your bulbs out before you dig. Choose the spots you would like and leave the bulb there to mark the spot while you dig the other holes.
For a more natural look, gently toss the bulbs onto the area that you would like to plant in and then plant the bulbs where ever they land.
Planting bulbs is perhaps one of the easiest and most satisfying tasks for a gardener. Anyone from a novice to an expert will enjoy planting bulbs.