Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bulb Planting: Top 3 Bulb Planting Tips!

#1 Bulb Planting tip: Mix Bulb-tone in with your soil when you plant your bulbs and sprinkle established bulbs with Bulb-tone in the fall! (See Bulb-tone note below*)

#2 Bulb Planting tip: It is easiest to plant bulbs after you cut your perennial garden back. Squeeze bulbs into the spaces in between all your perennials (remember that your bulbs are up and over before your perennials have filled in.)

#3 Bulb Planting tip: Plant in groupings of seven and nine for dramatic impact.

*Bulb-tone info:

Espoma Bulb-tone 3-5-3 fertilizer for flowering bulbs.
A Complete Plant Food with All 15 Essential Nutrients

Perfect for all bulbs including tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinths
Complex blend of natural organics provide complete & balanced feeding of all 15 nutrients.

Environmentally safe. No sludges, hazardous or toxic ingredients.
Long lasting, slow release. Won’t burn or leach away.
Contains organic matter rich in vitamins and beneficial microbes to improve soil.

1 pound equals approx. 3 cupfuls

New Plantings

Row Plantings: Apply Bulb-tone at the rate of 1 lb (or 3 cupfuls). for each 25 ft. of row. Mix Bulb-tone well into the soil. Place bulbs at proper depth and cover with soil.

Individual Bulb Planting: Dig hole to proper depth. Mix 1 heaping teaspoonful of Bulb-tone in bottom of hole with soil. Cover this mixture with a small amount of soil. Insert bulb at correct depth and cover with soil.

Bed Plantings: Spade the soil deeply and mix 5 lbs. of Bulb-tone into 100 sq. ft. of soil (or 1 cup for every 7 sq. ft.) of soil. Plant bulbs at proper depth and spacing and cover with soil.

When spring or summer plantings reach a height of 6 inches, a side dressing of 1 lb. (or 3 cups) to each 25 feet of row or 5 lbs. to each 100 square feet of bed. Individual plants may be fed by applying a heaping teaspoonful around and 2 to 3 inches away from each plant. Dahlias and gladioli may be fed monthly.

Established Fall Plantings

Apply Bulb-tone at the rate of 5 lbs. to each 100 square feet (or 1 cup per 7 sq. ft.) after plants have bloomed. This will provide plant food for strengthening the bulbs for the following years growth.