Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Millie Davenport,
Home & Garden Information Center

Now is the time to add spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, to the landscape. Choose a location with full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Incorporate fertilizer and dolomitic lime according to soil test recommendations. The target soil pH for spring flowering bulbs is between 6 and 7. In the absence of a soil test, topdress with a slow-release bulb fertilizer, such as 9-6-6 at planting time. Examine bulbs before planting and discard any with signs of rot. In general, bulbs are planted 3 to 4 times as deep as the width of the bulb. Once all bulbs are planted, cover with a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch to protect bulbs from extreme temperature fluctuations and maintain soil moisture.

For more information on spring flowering bulbs, see HGIC 1155, Spring-Flowering Bulbs.


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