Planting Bulbs: 5 Things You Need to Know

Planting bulbs in the fall is a great way to celebrate the warmer weather when they bloom in early spring! Here are 5 things to take into consideration when doing your planting:

1. It’s (almost) never too late. Most bulbs (like Tulips, Hyacinths and Crocuses) can be planted well into the fall as long as there is diggable ground, but there are a few exceptions. Some bulbs need to be planted as soon as they are available, in order to bloom as desired in the spring, like: Eranthis, Erythronium, Eremurus, Trillium and Anemone.

2. Location, location, location. Most bulbs do best in full sun, so for maximum success, take exposure into consideration when planting.

3. Dig deep. Though there are varying opinions on the required depth of planting, the general consensus dictates that a hole about 8” deep is what you need for successful spring growth.

4. Hide and Seek. Here are suggestions for keeping animals from digging up your bulbs: layer mulch or blood meal over and around the bulbs to try and disguise them and repel interested critters or layer chicken wire over bulbs until they start to bloom. Chili pepper can also be a deterrent for animals, though with weather changes, it could be difficult to get it to stay in one spot. 5. Be generous. In case they don’t all sprout – or you lose some to the animals – plant generously to ensure that you have a get the look you are hoping for once spring arrives.

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