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Planting bulbs

How to plant bulbs corms and tubers

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Planting Bulbs, corms and tubers
Plant spring-flowering specimens in autumn, summer-flowering ones in spring and autumn-flowering ones in mid or late summer. If you obtain any before you are ready to plant, spread them out in a single layer and keep them in a cool, dry and airy place.
A rule of thumb for the planting depth of most bulbs is two-and-a-half to three times the height of the bulb. For example, a bulb 2in high should go in a hole 5-6in deep. They will look more natural if they are grown in irregularly shaped groups of different sizes and planted in odd numbers of say, between five and fifteen. Each group of bulbs can go in a hole large enough to hold them comfortably – that is, they can be placed close together but not touching. Spread a layer of coarse sand on the bottom of the planting hole if the soil is not a well-draining one.
To plant bulbs, such as crocuses and snowdrops, in a grassed area, it is not necessary to go through the rigmarole of stripping a section of turf and preparing the soil; it is far easier to use a bulb planter, which involves minimal disturbance to the turf.
When introducing bulbs into a spot already planted with other bulbs, you may have trouble locating the exact position of the earlier planting. So plant groups of the new bulbs in large pots. Bury them up to their rims in a spare bit of ground. When the established bulbs begin to show above the surface, you can lift the pots, carefully tap out soil and bulbs as one, and fill any gaps on the selected site.

Planting depths for bulbs
Depths, given in inches, are measured from the surface to the top of the bulb.

SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS
Anemone……………………….…… 2-3
Chionodoxa………………………… 2-3
Crocus vernus……………………… 2-3
Endymion hispanicus………………. 4-6
Erythronium………………………... 5-6
Fritillaria imperialis………………...6-8
Fritillaria meleagris………………....4-6
Hyacinthus orientalis………………. 5-6
Ipheion uniflorum…………………... 2-3
Leucojum vernum…………………...3-4
Muscari armeniacum………………..3
Narcissus……………………………4-6
Puschkinia scilloides………………..2-3
Scilla bifolia…………………………2-3
Tulipa………………………………..6-8

SUMMER-FLOWERING BULBS
Allium moly………………………….3-4
Allium christophii……………………4-6
Alstroemeria…………………………4-6
Crinum x powellii…………………...10-12
Crocosmia…………………………...2-3
Cyclamen purpurascens……………..2-3
Galtonia candicans………………….4-6
Gladiolus byzantinus………………...4-6
Iris xiphioides……………………….4-6
Lilium………………………………..4-8
Lilium candidum………….Just below surface

AUTUMN-FLOWERING BULBS
Amaryllis belladonna………………4-6
Colchicum………………………….3-4
Crocus……………………………..2-3
Cyclamen hederifolium…………….2-3
Dierama pulcherrimum……………4-6
Galanthus reginae-olgae…………..2-3
Gladiolus callianthus………………4-6
Leucojum autumnale……………….2-3
Nerine bowdenii……………………3-4
Sternbergia lutea…………………...3-4
Zephyranthes candida………………3-4

WINTER-FLOWERING BULBS
Cyclamen coum…………………….2-3
Eranthis hyemalis…………………..3-4
Galanthus caucasicus………………3-4
Iris…………………………………..3-4
Narcissus……………………………4-6
Scilla mischtschenkoana……………2-3


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