Good evening! Today is the final day of our bulb planting blog posts. So today we are going to look at the different bulb planting methods that are often used for fall bulbs.
Mass Bulb Planting
If you want to have a huge color block, plant your bulbs in a huge group in your planting area. Dig the whole planting area to the right planting depth. Place your bulbs with their pointed ends up when applicable, and make sure that you’re spacing them out based on the directions on the packaging. After all of your bulbs are put in your area, they can be covered over with soil.
Individual Bulb Planting
You can plant your bulbs individually with a bulb planter or bulb auger. When you use these types of devices for planting, it’s going to make it very easy to plant them. doing your planting this way will come in very handy when you want to plant your bulbs to fill in areas. This will also work well if you have a small area to plant.
Bouquet Bulb Planting
This way to plant bulbs means that you plant more than one bulb together in one hole. When you use this method, when your bulbs come up in the spring they’re going to grow like bouquets, meaning a few flowers clumped together. To do this method of planting, you have to make a hole that’s wide enough so that 5-7 bulbs are able to fit in it. Place your bulbs close but don’t let them touch. Then cover them with soil.
Trench Bulb Planting
This method of planting is going to be useful when your goal is a flower border. If you want to create a border at your planting bed’s front, this method is the one you should use. First you want to dig out your planting area’s length as well as the width you prefer. When you are digging your trench, it’s important to ensure you’re digging the right depth for your bulbs.
Container Bulb Planting
If you prefer, you can even plant your bulbs in containers. But this can depend on where you live. Some of the climates are going to have much better results with container planting than others will. Climates that have cooler temperatures during the winter without having major temperature swings are going to be more successful with this planting option.
If you live in an area that fluctuates regularly from thawing to freezing, you are going to face challenges when you are growing your bulbs in different containers. These kinds of cycles are going to often be detrimental to bulbs in containers. Those bulbs are going to freeze solidly and then thaw during a warmup. When your bulbs aren’t insulated and this happens, your bulbs will become mush.
However, if you are interested in container planting your bulbs and you have a fluctuating winter temperature, it’s essential to insulate your containers. This can be done with foam, a blanket or straw bales. The very best way to insulate the containers is by putting them right in the ground.
We hope that you enjoyed our blog posts about fall bulbs and fall bulb planting. Stay tuned on Monday for a preview for our November blog posts! Have a great weekend.