The Q&A Archives: Planting Bulbs Upside Down

Question: Will flower bulbs grow if they have been planted upside down?

Answer: When in doubt, plant the bulb on its side and it will send the shoot upwards. If you've planted your bulbs upside down (I confess I have!), the bulb will sprout as usual and the shoot will travel around the bulb and up to the top of the soil. It takes a lot of energy for it to do this, though, so don't leave them upside down for more than a season. When you dig your bulbs and replant them, make sure the pointy end goes up!

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