Want to enjoy bulb flowers in the spring? Learn how to plant them now!

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Step By Step

  • Step 1:

    A digging fork is a great tool to gently dig up your bulbs as opposed to a spade or a shovel which can cut the bulbs in half. Lay your bulbs out in a seedling tray to dry out for a few days. If the are double nosed (like in the video) dont pull them apart.

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  • Step 2:

    Set your trays out in a shaded area and if you have multiple varieties that you want to keep separated, label the tray. Discard any bulbs that show signs of disease or insect damage. Only keep large healthy bulbs that are firm and free from spots; compost undersized bulbs.

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  • Step 3:

    Store your bulbs in any kind of a mesh sack until its time to replant them in fall. Don't store them with any fruit, and make sure the temperature stays between 50 and 70 degrees.Plant your spring blooming or early summer blooming bulbs in the fall when the temperature of the soil reaches about 60 degrees. Daffodils are pretty pest resistant but tulips are gofer candy. If you have gofers in your area and your doing a mass planting, install a gofer basket. If your doing individual plantings of tulips, the mini baskets work great.

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  • Step 4:

    If your re-planting bulbs or planting new bulbs, make sure that you have good drainage. If the bed has poor drainage, add some compost to the top 12-18 inches of soil. Remove all perennial weeds. A good rule of thumb for planting depth is to plant the bulb at a depth three times its height. Big bulbs like daffodils and tulips get planted to a depth of 6 inches and smaller bulbs will be planted to depths more like 2-3 inches. These depths are measured from the bottom of the bulb to the top of the soil.

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  • Step 5:

    If you have loose soil, the dibbler or the bulb planter are great tools to use to plant your bulbs. The bulb planter is also useful for inserting a bulb or two into an existing planting. If you have really hard or compacted soil an auger attachment for your drill is the way to go!

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  • Step 6:

    For a more naturalized, mass planting start by digging a big hole or trench. Bulbs need a lot of phosphorus to make big plentiful blooms. Work a high phosphorus amendment like bone meal into the planting bed, Deeper than your bulbs planting depth. Use a rate of about 2 cups per 10 square feet. If you have a high alkaline soil use a high phosphorous seabird guano or soft-rock phosphate instead of the bone meal. Take a handful of bulbs and drop them in the trench.

    Next: Step 7

  • Step 7:

    Top it off with a little bit of flower and bulb food. If your fall rains are delayed, you can give it a little sprinkle. Plant bulbs in the fall for an abundance of spring color and grow organic for life.

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Xpert Advisor Tips: Many bulbs benefit from being divided every 3-5 years. If you're getting a lot of foliage with few blooms, holes in your plantings or overcrowding, its time to divide and replant your bulbs.Spring and early summer blooming bulbs can be dug up and divided at anytime after the foliage gets brown or before the ground freezes.

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Digging Fork
  • Dibbler (Bulb Planter)
  • Auger Attachment for a Drill

Materials

  • Seeds of Your Choice

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