As we prepare for fall planting season, we’re going back to bulb school. Follow these
tips from the experts to ensure successful planting and bulb longevity!
- Always plant bulbs pointed side up.
- Do not use strong commercial fertilizer or fresh manure when planting.
- Label bulbs as you plant them to prevent accidentally digging up bulbs out of
season. Use labels that are large enough so that 2-3″ of the label is below soil level.
- Let the foliage die back on its own before trimming it back, and take as little foliage
as possible when harvesting cut flowers. The leaves and foliage are essential for storing
food for next year.
- Never store bulbs in the sun or in an airtight container. A dry, shady, well-ventilated
area will prevent mold and mildew.
- Do not grow bulbs year after year in the same place. This could invite fire blight, a fungal
disease that affects both the flowers and the foliage.
Thanks to K. Van Bourgondien & Sons, Inc. and Gardens Alive! for timely bulb help!