Your Ultimate Guide to Caring for Bulbs

Grow beautiful bulbs in all seasons with this helpful guide.
Planting Bulbs

The first thing to know about planting bulbs is getting the timing right.

When to Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Planting Bulbs

The best time to plant most spring-blooming bulbs (including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths) is in fall when the soil temperatures have cooled but before the ground freezes. That said, if you're in a pinch, you can plant bulbs on those occasional warm days in January.


When to Plant Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Most summer-blooming bulbs, on the other hand, are best planted in spring, after the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Hardy lilies are an exception -- you can plant these bulbs in spring or fall.


Most bulbs do best in well-drained soil and are prone to rot if they're in a spot that stays wet or has very heavy clay. In heavy soils, it's often helpful to amend the planting hole with organic matter or even a several-inch-deep layer of sand under the bulb to increase drainage.

More Planting Tips

Water your bulbs in well after you plant them. Then spread a layer of mulch over the soil to disguise your planting holes -- this can discourage critters such as squirrels from digging up your bulbs.

Continued on page 2:  Spring Bulb Care