Bulb flowers, advice on how to plant them

Bulbs are planted in fall or in spring depending on when the blooming season is.

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Spring-flowering bulbs are planted in fall, and summer-flowering bulbs are planted in spring.

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A few recommendations for planting bulb flowers like tulips, hyacinths, crocus, narcissus or lilies and gladiolus.

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Which soil is best for planting bulbs?

Avoid rocky, heavy and repeatedly flooded soil at all costs.

These would keep the bulbs from developing well, and extended flooding usually makes bulbs rot.

  • Bulb plants generally do best in light and rather warm soil.

Exposure for bulb flowers

Required exposure depends on the species.
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Distance between bulbs

In most cases, never plant bulbs closer than 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) apart.

But some plants like crocus and snowdrops can be crowded together since they are very small flowers.

Conversely, this distance must be increased to 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) for balisier or irises.

Planting technique

Use a planter, either a normal one or one specially designed for bulbs, or use a simple spade.

Dig a hole roughly 2 or 3 times deep as the bulb is high, and cover with soil. Take care to check that the entire surface of the bulb is in contact with the soil.

Bulbs are everywhere in our gardens

  • Crocus and snowdrops are perfectly suited to growing directly in the lawn. In winter they will produce bright spots of color.
  • Tulips come in an amazing variety of colors. There is no limit as to how many can be planted, in your flower beds, along your hedges, and even in pots for your balcony.

You are now ready to plant bulbs and see beautiful flowers in your garden, great job!

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