Best time to plant is the fall when evening temperatures are between 5°C to 10°C (40°F to 50°F).
Should be done approximately six weeks before the ground freezes.
Select good quality, plump healthy bulbs.
Don’t save the bulbs for the next year, plant them the year you purchase them.
How Do You Plant Them?
Check the heights of the varieties you have chosen. This information can usually be found on the packaging.
Plant the tall varieties toward the back or center, and the shorter plants at the outer edges or to the front.
Choose a site with good drainage to help prevent rotting.
Check the package information for the planting depths. This will tell you how deep to dig the holes.
Rule of Thumb –Dig the hole 2-3 times deeper than the height of the bulb, there are exceptions to the rule, always read the package instructions.
Space the bulbs following the directions on the packaging.
Blood and bone meal can be added to the hole at planting time before planting the bulbs. Follow the manufacturers instructions when using blood and bone meal. They can be purchased individually or premixed.
Place the pointed end up
Water well after planting.
You can also ‘layer’ bulbs in the same hole. For example, planting crocus over tulips highlights their colours.
Plant in big groups for best results.
What are the Sun and Soil Conditions Required?
Full sun is the best for spring flowering bulbs.
Bulbs prefer well-drained soil.
Many varieties return each year.
Some varieties such as snowdrops can naturalize or multiply and spread on their own.
How Should You Fertilizing Spring Bulbs?
Hen manure, a mixture of blood and bone meal or a commercial bulb booster are all good choices.
You can find bulb fertilizers at your garden centre.
How Do You Discourage Squirrels and Other Pests?
Mulch over bulbs or weigh down a piece of chicken wire over the area to deter pests. Remove the mesh when bulbs start to sprout in spring.
Sprinkle hen manure and blood meal on the soil surface. Blood meal will need to be reapplied after a heavy rain.
Plant daffodils/narcissus, fritillaria, snowdrops, allium or fall flowering crocus among other bulbs as squirrels do not like them.