When it’s warm enough to plant tomatoes outside — about 60 degrees — it’s warm enough to plant summer bulbs. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow, and they burst with beautiful blooms that are perfect for bouquets. For the best flower show, plant lots of bulbs.
If your spring is rainy or cold, you can start your bulbs indoors in pots. Then, move them to the garden when the weather improves.
Plant Summer Bulbs in 6 Simple Steps:
- Use a trowel or shovel to dig a hole about 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb. Some bulbs, like dahlias, need to be planted deeper. Read the labels on the bulbs or packages to know exactly how deep and far apart to plant.
- Mix some compost and bulb food into the soil.
- Put the bulbs in the hole with the pointed ends up. If you can’t tell which end is pointed, plant the bulbs on their sides. They’ll figure out which way to grow on their own.
- Replace the soil, and gently press it down around the bulbs.
- Water the bulbs and cover them with 2-3” of mulch.
- Apply an all-purpose fertilizer when they start growing.
When the blooms are finished, cut faded flowers but leave the foliage. They’ll use it to store energy for next year.
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