Bulb planting

Make sure that the area to be planted is well drained. Bulbous stems and roots that are kept too moist tend to rot. Bulbous plants will do well in almost any part of the yard and are not restricted to flower beds. They can also be successfully planted in lawns or in some cases under trees.


Plant bulbous stems and roots according to the planting directions provided with the plant or at a depth three times the maximum diameter of the stem or root. This can be done using a garden trowel or a bulb planter, which removes plugs of soil for easier planting. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of bone meal into the bottom of the hole and coat the stem and/or root with bulb dust to prevent fungus and place in hole. Fill in hole and water in well. Irises are planted with the top of the rhizome at ground level.


Bulbs can be arranged in groups or naturalized, which means scattering the bulbous stems and roots randomly on the ground and planting them where they land.

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