The Q&A Archives: Planting Daffodil and Tulip Bulbs

Question: We have just acquired a number of daffodils and tulips and want to know how to prepare the soil to improve growth and flower production. We have heavy soil at present .

Answer: If you're talking about bulbs dug up from another garden while still green, you will need to get them in the ground right away. But may I suggest that if the tulips are traditional hybrid types such as Darwins or Triumphs, don't go through the trouble. They are not good repeat performers after the first year and will certainly do even worse when transplanted out of the proper planting season. As for the daffodils, you really don't need to do much. Daffodils are quite happy in th heaviest soils -- as long as the drainage is adequate (no standing water at any time of the year). A small handful of Bulb Booster or simple bone meal in each planting hole before putting in the bulbs would be appreciated down the road.

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