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llb8021
May 5, 2020 8:41 PM CST
I planted a tulip bulb with some hyacinth bulbs 6 inches deep on a hillside with Miracle Grow Garden Soil. This tulip and the hyacinths never came up last year or this year. I dug around the circumference of where these were planted and lifted all the dirt out. These bulbs are not appearing in the dirt. Did they dissolve or turn to mush? Aside from animals eating them (did not happen) what could have happened?
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DaisyI
May 5, 2020 11:47 PM CST
Welcome!

Why don't you think an animal ate them?

Did you mix the Garden Soil into the native soil? Its meant to be mixed 50:50 with the existing soil. If you didn't, the bulbs could have turned into mush.
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Yardenman
May 6, 2020 12:56 AM CST
llb8021 said:I planted a tulip bulb with some hyacinth bulbs 6 inches deep on a hillside with Miracle Grow Garden Soil. This tulip and the hyacinths never came up last year or this year. I dug around the circumference of where these were planted and lifted all the dirt out. These bulbs are not appearing in the dirt. Did they dissolve or turn to mush? Aside from animals eating them (did not happen) what could have happened?


Well, first, I would start with the Miracle Grow Garden Soil. Bulbs don't like rich soil. They are more in the 2-6-6 range.

Second, I wouldn't be sure no animals ate them. Moles don't eat plants, but voles use mole tunnels and THEY eat plants. Tulips and hyacinths are vole candy. And not all mole tunnels are visible on the surface. If you had said "daffodils", then I would wonder, because daffodils are toxic to mammals.

So here is a suggestion... Buy some 1/2" wire mesh and make boxes of it and plant your tulips and hyacinths in that. The voles won't get through.

And BTW, don't plant the really fancy tulips there. They only live a couple years. Plant the regular red ones. I have some 10 years old!
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BigBill
May 6, 2020 7:10 AM CST
You may have planted them too deep. If it is a 2" high bulb, it needs 2" of dirt on top of the bulb. 6" would be too deep.
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