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Time to Plant the Bulbs

It's never too early to start thinking about your spring garden, and planting bulbs is an easy way to get a head start. While they can be confusing at first, don't let the unknown stop you from trying. Follow these tips on planting bulbs for colorful spring blossoms:

  • Select high-quality bulbs. Look for bulbs that are firm and relatively large. Don't buy bulbs that are soft or have visible mold.
  • Keep the label together. It's hard to tell bulbs apart, so keep the label they came with or label them yourself until they're planted.
  • Time it right. Various bulbs need different temperatures and amounts of time to establish roots.
  • Know your region and weather patterns. Different areas receive their first frost at varying times. Check the local weather for better insight on when to plant your spring bulbs.
  • Plant five to eight inches deep, depending on the size. The bigger the bulb, the deeper it needs to be planted. Troy-Bilt's TBPN Weeding/Planting Knife can help you dig deep into the soil with ease.
  • Plant with the pointy end up. If you can't find the pointy end, see if you can find roots and plant that end down. Most bulbs can correct themselves if they're planted upside down, but it's best to start them right-side up.
  • Water well. Spring bulbs need the cold weather to grow, but they also need water when they're first planted. This encourages to roots to grow.
  • Clusters of bulbs generally look better than solitary plants, so try combining an assortment in a grouping - get creative!

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt

September/October 2013

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