Planting Spring Bulbs

It’s now a good time to be planting bulbs.
The ground has gotten cold and it hasn’t frozen yet so we
still have plenty of time. The things I want to cover today would be
planting depth. When you’re planting your bulbs, usually you plant
them two-and-a-half to three times the diameter deep in the soil. So if this bulb is about a little over an inch in diameter you would want it somewhere between three
to four inches deep in the hole as we set it down in the ground. Although the bulbs don’t care there is a top or a
bottom so it’s easier for us to be consistent whether it’s a Tulip or the Daffodil we’re
planting today. If you only have a few to plant digging the hole using the typical bulb planter,
whether it’s this short style or the one on the shaft that you can stand up and dig
the hole, that’s fine. Today because we’re planting Daffodils and
Daffodils we usually plant in great quantities, we’ve pre-dug the holes at the appropriate appropriate depth.
We set the bulb in, right side up if you like, then you take you backfill material after you’ve mixed some soil in with it and you would cover these bulbs gently at first until
they’re set in place and then you would finish covering the bed up completely. You would want to add fertilizer in with the
backfill material soil you’ve put in place and water it in well for the season. When you’re out in the yard planting your bulbs this fall and you know that you’re going to have the squirrels
and other wildlife come right behind you and try to dig them up because the dirt is easy to the dig into because
you’ve just backfilled. One easy trick would be to use a wire, chicken wire, and just set
that over the top of your bulbs in the hole and then go ahead and fill in gently
as you would and then continue to fill in. Once the wildlife
comes and starts to dig, they hit that wire and then they usually turn and walk away
because there’s a lot easier food to acquire


  1. Mr. Hentschel first states bulb planting depth should be planted 2-3x the diameter. Then he states the planting depth for a bulb of "one inch depth (yes, he says depth)," should be 3-4 inches.

    Someone new to planting bulbs would probably find this info very confusing.

  2. We are growing glads in SoCal. They came up beautifully yet when they bloom the bloom lasts about 2 days and they die. We do have a rainbird watering system that waters them directly. Would this cause the issue? Any other advice?

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