When and how should I plant for spring? - Knowledgebase Question

Aurora, Il
Question by mikka_cardin
October 28, 2009
I have crocus and daffodil bulbs for spring. I wanted to put some of the crocus bulbs in planters on the porch but I am not sure when to plant them or how really. With the daffodils I have a yard that is mostly shade with a few spots that get some sun throughout the day where should I put these and when should I plant them? I also have 2 dogs are these plants safe for them?


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Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009

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You can plant your crocus and daffodils now, either in the ground or in planters. Both will appreciate some springtime sunshine but the crocus is the more shade tolerant of the two. Bulbs are easy to plant. The rule of thumb is to plant bulbs about 3 times as deep as the bulbs are wide. If the bulb is big (eg. Tulip, Daffodil, Hyacinth), dig the hole about 6 - 8" deep; if the bulb is small (Crocus, Snowdrop, Scilla, Dwarf Iris, Muscari, Bluebell), dig the hole about 4 - 5" deep.

You can sprinkle a little bonemeal in the planting hole or trench if you'd like, just to give the roots a little boost when they emerge.

I think your dogs will be alright around the plants. I'd train them not to eat plants and they will be much safer in the garden!

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