When should I plant flower bulbs and how deep should I plant them?

Planting flower bulbsPlanting times vary, so check your hardiness zone. But as a general rule, earlier in the fall is better than later. Bulbs need a little time to establish strong root systems, before the frosts of winter set in and the bulbs enter a new cycle in preparation for spring blooming. Remember to plant bulbs in an area that drains well and water newly planted bulbs to help those roots get going.

When planing your bulbs, plant them 3 times as deep as the bulb is long. And remember to plant pointed side up! For example:

  • Small bulbs like crocus -- plant them about 5 inches deep.
  • Big bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths and tulips -- plant those about 8 inches deep.

Find out more on how close together you should plant them.


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Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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