The Q&A Archives: Fall Planting Of Spring Bulbs

Question: I ordered tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinths from Burpee. There were no planting instructions with my order, so I need to know how deep and apart to plant these bulbs. Also, is there a particular side of the bulb that should be pointing up (I believe hyacinths and daffodils bulbs you need to have the pointy side up).

Answer: As a general rule, bulbs are planted "pointy side up". In some cases, such as with crocus corms, it can be a bit difficult to tell but if you look closely you may see the beginnings of sprouts forming and that would be the top. Tulips are usually planted three times as deep as the bulb is tall and just a few inches apart for a dense display. Daffodils are planted at a similar depth but are usually spaced about six inches apart to allow for several years of increase. Hyacinths are planted about eight inches deep and close together, maybe two or three inches apart, for a nice display. Grape hyacinths are planted about four inches deep in informal drifts at spaces of three to ten inches apart -- they will multiply quickly and spread. They will also sprout some foliage in the fall. Crocus are planted about five inches deep, a few inches apart. They will also multiply over the years and fill in.

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