Depth To Plant Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Rosemary Pye
Dennis, MA
Question by rpye
April 18, 2001
If I add topsoil to my yard, will it affect the bulbs that are already planted? Also the hyacinths that I planted last year are up and almost ready to flower but seem awfully close to the ground. Are they supposed to be?

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2001


Sometimes bulbs that were planted a bit late seem to bloom at a shorter height the following year. Also, the hyacinths begin to show color before they have reached their full height. There are also different kinds of hyacinths, so perhaps you planted a shorter variety.

Adding topsoil while the bulbs are dormant, and adding only an inch or two, should not bother most bulbs.

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