Bulbs & high temps - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
Question by slynetta
October 18, 2009
We are planting bulbs for the 1st time in an area that has high heat & no day shade only evening shade. Will this work?
Thank you, Lynetta

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2009


All bulbs grow well in full or part sun, and well-drained soil amended with a bit of organic compost. If you have clay soil, amend it with compost or other organic material. Plant bulbs at a depth of about 2 to 3 times their height. Some bulbs, particularly tulips and freesias, are tasty to squirrels and gophers, so consider wrapping them in chicken wire before planting, or add gravel above and below the bulb in the planting hole. Bulbs like narcissus and daffodils are poisonous to wildlife so they grow without interference.

When should bulbs be planted? Even though bulbs start appearing in stores around Labor Day, it's too early to plant them. Wait until the soil temperature drops to 50 degrees or less. You can buy the bulbs and store them in a cool, dry location such as a garage, or you can keep them in your refrigerator and plant them in December. Either way, enjoy your spring flowering bulbs!

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