Home Sweet Home Magazine - August 2021

they will not bloom, but rather be pushed further into the soil. Place the bulb into your prepared space with the roots facing down and the pointy end facing up. There is often a diagram on the packaging to show the correct placement. If you still can’t figure it out (some are tricky!), plant them on their side. Strong bulbs will find a way to the surface. Next, pay attention to the depth required for each bulb. Some will thrive in a few inches of dirt, while others should be buried eight inches or more. A reliable rule of thumb is to bury the bulb a depth that measures two or three times its height. Prepare the soil by loosening dirt across a large area for planting or by digging individual holes for each bulb. Supplement the soil to enhance its nutrients. You can use compost or a specially-formulated bulb fertilizer.

when the nighttime temperatures are consistently down to 40 or 50 degrees, about six weeks before the first freeze. You want the ground to be workable, but cool. This could land anytime between September and December. For warmer regions in planting zones 8-10, it will likely be December or January before conditions are ideal. If you have your bulbs but it’s not yet time to plant them, store them in an aerated bag in the refrigerator. Avoid storing them alongside fruits, like apples, that release a gas that is toxic to bulbs. Howdo you plant bulbs? The most important thing to remember when planting bulbs is that they have an ‘up’ and a ‘down’ side when they’re placed into the ground. If they’re placed incorrectly,

They are also easy to find and plant. Bulbs bring a lot of variety to your garden since they come in different shapes, heights, textures, and colors. They make great accents to other plants or canmake a stand-alone statement in your yard. Perhaps the best thing about bulbs is the surprise you get each spring when they break through the ground, bringing color and life after the dreary winter months. When should you plant bulbs? For the most part, bulbs are pretty forgiving when it comes to when you plant them. However, they can be a bit finicky about storage before they go into the ground. To know when to plant bulbs in your area, look up your planting zone. Zones 4-7 can be planted


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