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Tips for Planting Bulbs

 

Bulbs in Bulk- When purchasing bulbs in bulk, check the quality to make sure the bulbs are firm and not moldy or squishy.

Full Sun- For hyacinths, choose a site that gets full sun, though most daffodils can tolerate part shade.

Good Soil- Make sure soil is rich in organic matter and well drained because bulbs are highly susceptible to rot.

Make Them Pop- Give bulbs a dark green backdrop, such as an evergreen hedge, for making their colors pop.

Plant in Masses- Plant bulbs en masse, not in small clusters, to create the biggest impact.

Sweeps of Color- Plant in sweeping drifts of color, not in uniform rows, for a bigger visual punch.

New Heights- Consider hillsides for taking advantage of varying heights of flowers, making a planting bed seem larger.

Color Block- For the boldest effect, plant in masses of one color -- and one that complements adjacent plantings of spring annuals or blooming shrubs and trees.

Planting Bulbs- Save time – and your back – by placing bulbs, tip end up, on top of the planting bed, then cover them with a layer of several inches of soil, instead of digging individual holes for bulbs. Don’t worry if the bulbs tip over; they will work themselves upright.

Extend Growth- Extend the bulb bloom season by combining varieties that bloom early, mid- and late spring.

Contrasting Colors- Under plant beds of annuals, such as pansies or violas, with bulbs to create a complementary-color foil and extend the bloom season.

Mix Flowers- Combine container gardens of fall and winter annuals with bulbs for surprise additions next spring.

Avoid Mulch- Don’t mulch over bulb plantings because that layer of insulation withholds extra moisture in the soil and could cause bulbs to rot.