planting bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

cleveland, Oh
Question by debgor1
October 21, 2010
i ordered spring bulbs from a company in holland in september, i was informed that they will be shipped around the first of november, my question is will it be to late to plant my spring buls, i live in cleveland, ohio, and i beleive that;s zone 5


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Answer from NGA
October 21, 2010

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November is a little late to be out in the garden planting bulbs, but planting the bulbs in November will still give them the required 12-14 weeks of cold treatment before they can grow and bloom in the spring. I'd at least prepare the bed for them while you're waiting for the shipment to arrive. Then when they finally show up you can pop them into the ground without much trouble. Start by removing all debris in the bed and then working some compost into the soil. I spread 3-4 inches of compost or other organic matter over the top of the bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Once you've done that, level the bed and wait for the bulbs to arrive. When they do, you can dig individual holes to plant them or you can excavate a trench and plant them all in the trench (be sure to space them properly), then cover over the bulbs and water them well to help settle the soil. They'll be happy in their new homes and will grow and bloom right on time for you next spring. Enjoy!

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