Planning Your Bulbs
Although we are still a few weeks away from the best time to plant bulbs, now is the perfect time to plan your bulbs, especially if you are cleaning your beds and cutting back and dividing perennials. Document the locations and colors of your spring flowering perennials and plan to install bulb varieties that will harmonize with these plants. Another consideration when planning your bulbs is that they derive their greatest visual impact from massed groupings. So try to locate areas that will allow you to plant them in
large random arrangements. And plan to plant at least twelve of the same variety in asymmetrical groups (one technique used by many gardeners is to dig a large area to the proper planting depth and then scatter the bulbs in the hole, letting them grow where they lie). Furthermore, don’t be afraid to mix varieties of bulbs with other spring flowers like pansies. Just be sure to remember to create groups of twelve.
Planting Your Bulbs
- Place the bulb in a hole two to three times deeper than the bulb’s height. If you have a 3-inch-tall bulb, dig its hole 6 to 9 inches deep.
- Be sure that the pointed end of the bulb points up. If it’s hard to tell which end should go up, look for roots: that end should point down.
- Finally, although bulbs are planted late in the fall, they’ll still need water. A good drink will not only help them start rooting but will also eliminate air pockets in the soil that can cause bulbs to dry.
A little planning and work now will result in a beautiful early spring next year.
Seasonal Color Specialist
Schumacher Companies, Inc.