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How To Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs

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PREPARE THE SOIL
Prepare the soil - Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs in fall, as soon as possible after receiving them so they don't dry out. You can plant them any time until the soil freezes. 
  • Since bulbs need good drainage, prepare the soil well. Dig to a depth of at least 18 inches, working in compost or Sphagnum peat moss to improve soil texture.
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ADD FERTILIZER
Add fertilizer - Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

Add to the planting hole a fertilizer made specifically for bulbs. Although bone meal is a popular bulb fertilizer, it is not a complete fertilizer for bulbs. You may want to consider adding other fertilizers to supplement it.

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POSITION THE BULBS
Position the bulbs - Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

Position the bulbs, pointed end up, to the depth specified. As a rule, plant tulips and hyacinths 6 to 8 inches deep; daffodils 6 to 9 inches deep; and crocuses, glory-of-the-snow, snowflakes, grape hyacinths, snowdrops and squill 3 to 5 inches deep. (Those depths refer to the bottom of the bulb; that is, the base of the bulb should be planted at that depth.)

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ADD SOIL AND WATER
Add soil water - Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

Fill in the area with soil and water well. For additional protection, consider adding a layer of mulch.