Read the label first: Prior to planting, try to maintain the label with the bulbs. The white tulip bulbs and the red tulip bulbs cannot be distinguished from one another without the label.
Where to plant: As long as the soil drains effectively, you may plant bulbs just about anyplace in your garden. According to the Dutch, “bulb don’t like wet feet.” Therefore, stay away from wet locations, such as the bottom of hills. Because the leaves on the trees haven’t yet come out, the spring garden can be very sunny in many places, which is good for bulbs. So keep in mind that there are numerous places you can plant for spring blooming when you’re doing your fall planting.
Set up the planting area: Make the dirt loose and workable by digging. If the garden bed is new, there’s a good possibility the soil might use some organic matter, like compost or peat moss, which are readily accessible at most neighborhood garden supply stores. In the planting bed, loosen the soil to a depth of at least 8. Get rid of any weeds, rocks, or other clutter. If your soil is deficient in nutrients, you can add compost, other organic matter, or slow-releasing fertilizer.
Plant: Depending on the type of bulb, plant it according to the label’s suggested depth. Plant large bulbs approximately 8″ deep and little bulbs about 5″ deep as a general rule. Put the roots down or the bulb’s pointy side up in the hole. A crocus’ pointed end is more difficult to see than a tulip’s. Plant the bulb on its side if you can’t tell the top from the bottom; in most situations, even if you don’t get it correctly, the flower will still make its way to the top.
After planting the bulbs, backfill the hole with dirt, lightly compacting it but not packing it. Once to remove any air pockets and to encourage root growth. Unless you reside in a region with little rainfall throughout the winter, there is no need to water regularly.
What direction should a tulip bulb be planted?
Most high-quality tulip bulbs will be 2 to 3 inches tall and should be planted 6 to 10 inches deep. They are arguably the most well-known spring bulb. According to many experts, deeper planting encourages the bulbs to produce better flowers. Plant them pointed side up because the majority of tulips have flat bottoms.
Which bulb end is raised?
So, which way should bulbs be planted? When trying to distinguish the top from the bottom of a bulb, things might get confused. The tip of most bulbs—but not all—is the part that rises. Locating a smooth tip and a rough underside on the bulb will help you determine which direction is up. The bulb’s roots are where the roughness originates. Face it downward with the pointed tip up once you have located the roots. That is one method of determining the direction of bulb planting.
Growing tubers or corms, which are flatter than other bulbs, is how dahlia and begonias are produced. Because bulbs lack a clear growing point, it might be challenging to decide which direction to plant them in the ground. The tuber can be planted on its side and will typically emerge from the ground. The concave part (dip) of the majority of corms can be planted facing up.
However, most bulbs will still succeed in emerging from the ground and growing in the wrong direction, toward the sun.
What happens if tulip bulbs are planted backwards?
The best time to sow spring-flowering bulbs is in the fall. On the Cape and Islands, this is one of the most pleasant times of year to be outside, and planting bulbs is a fun autumn activity that will produce lovely results in the spring. However, customers frequently have inquiries regarding their bulbs, and at Country Garden, we are prepared to provide answers.
- How deep should bulbs be buried? Years ago, the rule of thumb was to plant bulbs at least three times their height deep. For instance, a bulb that was two inches tall would need to be buried at least six inches. Deeper isn’t better, though, as ongoing study at Cornell University’s Horticultural Department has demonstrated. Tulip bulbs planted in the Cornell test fields at a depth of just three inches and covered with a couple of inches of mulch fared better in subsequent years than those planted at a deeper depth. This is fantastic news for Cape gardeners because in many gardens, clean sand can be found six inches or deeper. Your bulbs should be alright if you cover them with three to four inches of dirt.
- Can I grow bulbs alongside perennials or groundcovers? Yes, but some groundcovers, like English ivy and Pachysandra, are so tenacious that they might outcompete the bulbs. It is ideal to plant bulbs between perennials or in front of shrubs, but remember to provide room for those plants’ future growth.
- My bulbs are getting dug up by squirrels after I plant them! Squirrels frequently delve into newly excavated soil in search of edible grubs or treats that have been concealed by other squirrels. Although you might have read that planting your bulbs in wire cages is an excellent way to prevent this, that extra trouble is unneeded. Watering the area well shortly after planting the bulbs is the greatest approach to deter squirrels from excavating your bulbs. So that the squirrels can’t detect that you recently planted in the region, this settles the soil. Laying some lengths of chickenwire across the area you’ve planted and leaving it there for a few of weeks is another technique to deter this habit.
- Fall foliage is coming out from my bulbs! Do I need to defend it? The grape hyacinth is the most typical bulb that produces growth in the fall. Just ignore them if these or other bulbs appear in the fall. Any green foliage is often produced to provide energy to the bulbs and root systems. Although they might become a little winter-worn, the shoots will be fine, and the plants will produce new leaves and blossom in the spring.
- I inserted my bulbs backwards! Do I have to search for them? Although bulbs should be planted with their pointed ends up, it’s okay if you put them in backwards. Bulbs will turn themselves around since they are aware of which way is up.
Therefore, go ahead and plant some bulbs. After the winter, the colors of spring will delight you.
Before planting tulip bulbs, should I soak them?
You now understand the fundamentals, but you could still have some queries. Here are some of the questions regarding planting bulbs for spring that I am asked the most.
How deep should you plant spring bulbs?
It’s a good idea to put spring bulbs 2-3 times deeper than their height as a general rule of thumb. For the best results, however, always read the package directions.
Should you soak spring bulbs before planting?
Before planting, there is no need to soak them. However, soaking them for 12 to 24 hours can hasten the roots process if you are running late planting them.
They will root more quickly if you add fish emulsion or liquid kelp to the water before soaking.
Why are bulbs planted in the fall?
To grow and blossom, spring-blooming bulbs require a period of cold hibernation. They won’t likely blossom in the spring if they aren’t planted in the fall.
Can you plant flower bulbs in the spring?
Although it is technically possible, I don’t advise planting cold-hardy flower bulbs in the spring. If they are planted in the spring, they won’t bloom.
Additionally, there’s a chance they won’t have enough time to save the energy they’ll need to endure the winter.
Bulb planting offers such a big payoff for spring blooming. Seeing the first few green shoots pop up from the earth is so amazing. And I bet you’ll be putting more and more spring bulbs in your garden every year now that you know how simple it is.