Plant Your Garden

HOW to Plant: Depth, Placement, Protection
Guide | What | When | Where | How
HOW to Plant
For simplicity, tulip bulbs can be planted in a bed rather than individually. The entire bed should be planted at the proper depth, as specified below. It is a good idea to fertilize bulbs by adding bone meal and mixing it well with the soil. A garden trowel or a bulb-planting tool can be used if you choose to plant bulbs individually. planting depth
  • Depth
    Bulbs in all test gardens should be buried so that the base of each bulb is exactly 7 inches underground. Blooming time can vary by a week or two if bulbs are not planted at the same depth.

  • Placement of Bulb
    Bulbs should be spaced 4 inches apart. Set bulbs firmly in place with the POINTED END UP. The hole should be flat on the bottom so that the FLAT BASE of the bulb is in contact with the ground. Cover with soil and water thoroughly.

  • Watering
    Moisture is necessary for root development before winter. If dry weather persists after planting, water thoroughly and deeply. Do not keep soil soggy or the bulbs could rot.

  • Predator Control
    Squirrels are common tulip bulb predators in urban and suburban areas. They are attracted to the smell of fresh bulbs and are most likely to destroy gardens within the first weeks after planting. For inexpensive and effective protection, cover your newly planted bulbs immediately with chicken wire. To secure the edges, cut wire hangers and form them into a U shape. Drive them into the ground around the edges of the chicken wire. Remove chicken wire as the bulbs emerge in the spring.

  • Mulch
    After the ground freezes, cover the garden with six inches of clean straw or leaves. Remove the winter mulch in the spring as soon as the shoots are 1-2 inches high. Otherwise, the stems and leaves may be weak.