1. Think spring this fall---plant bulbs now to enjoy flowers next spring! Purchase your bulbs early so that you have the best selection to choose from.
2. Store your bulbs in a cool and dry location until you are ready to plant them.
3. Bulbs can be planted towards the end of September. This is early enough so that they will form a good root system and late enough so they don't begin to sprout if we experience a warm fall.
4. Always plant bulbs at the proper depth in relation to the size of the bulb. The bigger the bulb, the deeper it should be planted. Generally speaking, a bulb should be planted 3 times the depth of it’s height measurement.'
5. Stop by our Garden Shop for a free Bulb Planting Guide that will give you suggestions for planting depth and spacing.
6. Protect your bulbs from rodent damage (bulbs other than daffodils, that is) by dipping them into Bonide Bulb Saver or Bobbex. Let them dry before planting.
7. Further protect your bulbs from insect damage or rotting by dusting them with a bulb dust prior to planting.
8. Be sure to fertilize fall bulbs when planting them. This gets them off to a good start and will help to prolong their longevity.
9. If rodents have been a problem, avoid using fertilizers with bone meal in them. Try Holland Bulb Booster or a similar chemical-based fertilizer.
10. You can still plant fall bulbs if deer and rabbits are a constant threat. Especially good choices are narcissus and daffodils. Animals avoid them like the plague. Try fritillaria, hyacinths and alliums also.
11. If you are not planting bulbs for a formal effect, plant them in large clumps of uneven numbers. This pattern can be used to highlight sections of your landscape.
12. Remember to water your bulb bed thoroughly after planting.