Answer: As a general rule, bulbs should be planted in your area as soon as they are available at garden centers. Plant them now so they will have an opportunity to settle in, develop roots and be ready to sprout in the spring. Be sure to prepare the bed by digging in some organic matter to a depth of 6-8 inches. You can add a little bonemeal or bulb booster to the bottom of the hole, then plant the bulb bottom side down, fill around it with soil and water in well. Planted now, your bulbs will perform right on schedule. If you hold them over, they can become dried out or overheated and may not thrive once they're planted.
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