Don’t know which side of a flower bulb is up or down? Don’t worry, that’s exactly what this article is here for. At EasyToGrowBulbs, we welcome gardeners of all experience levels, even if you’ve never put a single flower bulb in the ground before. Below are some basic tips to keep in mind as you get ready to plant your first spring garden.
Choose High Quality Bulbs
Most perennial flowers grow from bulbs. The look, shape and size of the bulb will vary depending on the flower. Buying high quality bulbs is important, because a bulb contains all the initial energy and nutrients that the flower will need to grow and bloom. Larger bulbs almost always result in bigger, healthier flowers with more blooms.
When choosing bulbs at your local gardening store, try to pick the largest bulbs possible. Another option is to find a specialty flower retailer like EasyToGrowBulbs.com. We have specific standards that our growers must meet, and we believe our bulbs are the best in the industry.
Plant The Bulb Right Side Up
Every flower has a top where the stalk grows and a bottom where the roots grow. If your bulb has a pointy end, that’s the stem. In some cases, it is hard to tell the top from the bottom, especially if you’re working with tubers. In this case, look for any roots growing from one of the ends, which would indicate the bulb’s bottom. When planting the bulb, the roots go down and the pointy end goes up. If you’ve put your flower bulb under the magnifying glass and still can’t tell top from bottom, don’t worry. No matter what way you plant your flower, the stalk will eventually make its way to the surface; the journey will just be much easier if the stalk is facing up.
How Deep To Plant
When burying a flower bulb, a good rule of thumb is to plant the bulb to a depth of 3 times its diameter. This may require you to do a little digging with the trowel to get the bulb deep enough. Be careful not to bury the bulb too deep, or your flowers may be slow in growing or look conspicuously short. Make sure to bury the bulb deep enough so that it is completely covered by soil.
Water But Not Too Much Water
After you get your flower bulbs in the ground, you’ll want to give them some water. The water will help the bulbs settle, give them a nice drink and fill in any air pockets in the soil. After this initial watering, you don’t need to do nearly as much watering as you think. A little sprinkle every now and then is more than enough unless you live in a very hot and arid climate. Check the soil. If it is moist, you don’t need to water.
Sun and Shade
Be aware of the sun and shade ratio of the areas in your yard. Many flowers appreciate lots of sun, while others are more tolerant of shade. Review the growing guidelines of each of your flowers to figure out what their preferred sun and shade ratio is and then plant them in the appropriate place in the yard.
Good luck with your first gardening project! If you have any questions, we recommend checking our blog archives and reading the individual growing guides for each of our flowers for more information. If you still can’t find the answer, then give our friendly representative a call at (760) 754-0438.