The Q&A Archives: When to plant tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.

Question: I have never planted any bulbs so I need plenty of guidance on planting tulips, hyacinths & daffodils. When do I plant them. Do I keep them in the refrigerator until it is time to plant. How deep do you plant them. I need to know from the first step to the last step on planting these bulbs and caring for them.

Answer: Spring flowering bulbs are stored in a cool, dark area such as a garage or basement and then planted in the fall. Don't refrigerate yours, just store them somewhere cool. Prepare your planting bed by incorporating some organic matter.

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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