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Planting Fall Bulbs

Fall-planted bulbs spend the winter making roots and come up early in the spring. The depths given in this section are measured from soil surface to the top of the bulb. If your soil is sandy, plant one inch deeper. If your soil is clay, plant one inch shallower. Firm the soil with your hand to eliminate air spaces. Hardy bulbs are not dug in the fall but most should be mulched in colder climates. Two rugged exceptions to this rule are crocuses and grape hyacinths. For best effect, plant varieties in a clump. After several years, or if flowering diminishes, divide in midsummer and make new plantings from the offspring that have formed around the mother bulb.

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Allium6 In.15 In.3-5 Ft.Sun
Calochortus3-4 In.6-8 In.24 In.Sun
Crocus3 In.3 In.6-8 In.Sun
Crocus, Fall3 In.3-4 In.4-6 In.Sun
Crown Imperial8 In.8 In.2-3 Ft.Sun
Cyclamen½ In.6-8 In.6 In.Partial Shade/Shade
Daffodil5-6 In.6 In.1-2 Ft.Sun/Partial Shade
Dutch Iris6 In.6 In.1-2 Ft.Sun
Dwarf Allium4 In.5 In.1½ Ft.Sun
Glory of Snow3 In.3 In.6-8 In.Sun/Partial Shade
Grape Hyacinth3 In.3 In.6-9 In.Sun/Partial Shade
Hyacinth6 In.6 In.8-12 In.Sun
Magic Lily5 In.6 In.2 Ft.Sun
Mini Amaryllis1-2 In.4-6 In.8-12 In.Partial Shade
Oxalis2 In.4-6 In.3-6 In.Sun/Partial Shade
Scilla3 In.4 In.8 In.Partial Shade/Shade
Snowdrop2-3 In.2-4 In.10 In.Partial Shade
Spanish Bluebell3-4 In.6-8 In.12-14 In.Sun/Shade
Striped Squill4 In.3 In.6 In.Partial Shade
Tulip6 In.6 In.12-30 In.Sun
Winter Hardy Glad4 In.6-8 In.1½-2 Ft.Sun
Violet, Dogs Tooth3 In.6-8 In.1 Ft.Partial Shade/Shade

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