Choosing the Right Bulbs
If you get your bulbs from a big store, then the bulbs are most likely in a bags of 10-50, depending on what variety you choose, so you won't get to choose the actual bulbs you want. But if you go to a specialty garden store then you might get to choose the bulbs yourself. If this is the case, you want to choose the largest and firmest bulbs. These bulbs generally produce more flowers then small and mushy ones.
Where & When to Plant
Most bulbs do well in full sun areas but you are going to want to check the package yours comes in to make sure. Choose a location that has well drained soil. You don't want the bulb to get mushy and moldy from sitting in water that cannot drain. It is also important to plant at the right time of the year. You want to give the bulbs enough time to establish roots before the cold winter hits. Again check your specific variety for times.
- Different bulbs get planted at different depths, so look on the packaging for specific directions.
- Dig the hole at the correct depth and place the bulb with the pointy side up. The pointy side is where the plant will grow from and you may notice that bulb will already have some roots growing from the other side.
- You want to stop the weeds from growing around it. Weeds will take water and other nutrients away from your flower. So weed the area, then place some mulch on top of the soil to prevent more weeds from emerging.
- Last but certainly not least, water, water, water. The bulb can only get established in the area if there is water to feed it.
- Plant them in groups to make more of an impact.
- To get a more naturalized look, toss them in the area you want to plant and plant them where they land, rather than planting them in rows.
- If you live in an area with pesky squirrels, after you plant the bulbs place some chicken wire on top of them so that the squirrels can't dig them up. Once winter is in full swing, you should be able to remove the wire and not have to worry about them.
- If you don't dig the bulbs up year after year (you don't have to!) you will get more and more flowers popping up without planting anymore bulbs. They like to multiply but not in an invasive way! My favorite!
Before it is too late, get those bulbs in the ground now! You are going to be happy you did come Spring! :)
Have fun choosing your flowers, thats always the best part.