Planting bulbs is almost as easy as digging a hole and tossing a handful in. Seriously, as long as the bulb isn’t upside down, it will find a way to break the soil. Bulbs are an excellent way to beautify a garden or lawn, and they require little to no maintenance.
Time to Plant
Bulbs have a fairly long germination period, but once you’ve planted and watered the newly planted bulbs, your job is done. Spring bulbs are best planted in fall before the first heavy frost. In some climates that can be as late as Christmas, but in the Midwest it’s best to have your bulbs in the ground by Thanksgiving. If it has long since passed planting time, don’t worry, you can always place them in a pot.
Where and How to Plant
The general rule with planting bulbs is to plant them four times deeper than they are wide. A bulb that is one inch wide should be planted roughly four inches deep. A two and one half inch wide bulb will be planted ten inches deep.
Dig a hole in the soil, set the bulb right side up, cover and water. Most bulbs have a small sprout or point at the top. If you can’t determine which way is up, then lay the bulb on its side.
Spring bulbs look great in groups. Dig a large hole and plant several bulbs together. If you subscribe to the chaos theory, then toss your bulbs in and let them lay where they fall. If you like more cordial arrangements, set each bulb to your satisfaction. Bulbs can also be stacked on top of one another. Plant your largest bulbs at the bottom, cover with a layer of dirt, lay another grouping of bulbs, cover, and plant small half inch bulbs right at the surface. This will give you full arrangements throughout the entire blooming season.
What to Plant
Your local florist, nursery, or seed and garden center will know exactly which bulbs grow the best at particular times in your region. Traditionally, however, excellent spring bulbs include Grape Hyacinth, Iris Reticulata, Crocus, Tulips, Snowdrops, Daffodils, and Hyacinth.
When winter breaks and spring returns, your garden will have lovely arrangements to help welcome the start of the green seasons.