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Planting & Aftercare

A little bit of garden know-how goes a long way!

Once you have selected your bulbs, the planting and aftercare instructions will simplify your gardening experience. Step by step instructions on when to plant, how to plant and how to care for your bulbs afterthey have bloomed makes it easy to get picture perfect results in the garden.

Planting is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Dig a hole to 3-4 times the bulb height deep.

2. Set bulbs firmly in place and follow spacing guidelines.

3. Replace the soil covering the bulbs. Water thoroughly.
*In cooler regions where the soil is moist and there is no drought, you can simply complete steps 1-2, watering is not necessary.

Planting Tips:
Most bulbs are best planted in clumps rather than in rows to maintain a natural look. Rows are often referred to as “soldiers in a row” since the blooms look like flowers standing in a row.

DO: Plant in rectangular, triangular or circular clumps. This ensures that your plantings look fuller and each bloom can be seen from every angle.
DON'T: Plant in 1-2 rows. This looks unnatural and will result in little to no dimension to your planting site.
Choose well-drained soil at a planting site that does not collect or pool water. If your soil is questionable, adding peat moss or black garden soil will increase the quality. The photo below left (1) is an example of the kind of quailty soil you want to plant in. The photo below right (2) is an example of clay soil that would benefit from adding peat moss or black soil.

Choosing color in every aspect of your life is a very personal decision based on what colors evoke certain emotions in you. It it the same in your garden and landscape as well. Consider your favorite colors and how they fit into your desired garden color scheme. Consider your home’s style as some colors represent more ‘classic’ styles while other colors create a more contemporary style. Even shrubbery and trees add color to your garden with varying shades of green.

Visit our COLOR 101 page for more information on using color.

After flowering, remove the petals or faded bloom. Leave the foliage and allow it to die back naturally. The bulb needs the foliage to help build up food storage for the following year's blooms. Once foliage has yellowed, dig up the bulbs. If you live in zones 8-10, check the packaging or online variety information because some spring planted bulbs can survive the winter in the ground in warmer climates.

For storage, leave soil on begonias, cannas, caladiums, and dahlias. Store these bulbs on moistened peat moss or sawdust. Before planting the following year, simply wash and separate the bulbs.

All other bulbs should be washed and dried. Then place them in a cool and dry place such as a garage and shed. Temperatures should be between 60 and 65 degrees. Storage should also be well ventilated.