SPRING BULB PLANTING TIPS
from Leanne Moon - DFD's very own "master gardener" (and Chief Financial Officer)
Before buying bulbs...
- CLICK HERE to find out what planting zone you are in and the requirements for hardiness in your area.
- Check with your local nursery, your local extension service or look up info on many of the fine gardening websites (such as SUNSET) regarding specific planting information for your zone.
- Some plants can be toxic to animals. CLICK HERE to make sure that the plants that you're thinking about for your garden are safe for your pets.
- Dust bulbs with fungicide. To do this, place bulbs in a brown paper bag and add fungicide powder. Be very careful that you don't breathe in the powder! Close the top of the bag and shake.
Now you're ready to plant!
- Bulbs are great for container gardening. Once the bulbs bloom, you can move the pots from place to place in your outdoor areas for spots of color where you need them.
- Plant the bulbs in rich, well-drained soil. Mix in some bulb fertilizer to feed the bulbs.
- Be sure to plant enough bulbs to give a great show. Leanne's personal preference is to plant the bulbs closer together and to fertilize with a mild solution often. She suggests being creative with color or stick with your favorite color scheme.
MIX IT UP! Creative ideas...
- Plant your bulbs then top seed with Columbine or Forget Me Nots - easy to grow from seeds and will give height and fullness in containers or flower beds.
- Hardy Phlox (partial to full sun) is a great perennial to plant with bulbs. Be careful of varieties that are prone to mildew.
- For shady areas, top plant with Impatiens.
- For sunny areas, top plant with Petunias or Lobelia.
- For areas with partial sun, top plant with Pansies.
When springtime comes... ENJOY your beautiful blooms!