Nothing is so cheerful after a long dreary winter as the sight of colorful spring flower bulbs. Think tulips, daffodils, crocus and fragrant hyacinth. Bulbs are inexpensive and easy to care for. With a little soil preparation and planning, you can have a lovely spring garden that returns every year.
- Plant bulbs deep enough. Tulip and daffodils should be at least 6 to 8 inches deep. A good rule of thumb is to plant bulbs 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulb is wide.
- Quality bulbs and good drainage are two important ingredients for beautiful spring blooms. If necessary, improve clay soil with cotton burr compost or other good quality organic matter.
- Most flower bulbs prefer sunny sites. However, many spring bulbs bloom before trees leaf out so full sun is not essential. Crocus and daffodils, however, will bloom just fine in shady sites.
- Mix bone meal or bulb food in the hole at the time of planting for larger stronger blooms.