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Planting Spring Bulbs

Mix compost with your soil to improve drainage and to keep bulbs from rotting. Lily and Anemone bulbs may be planted in the early spring, however the remaining bulbs should be planted only after the soil has warmed and the danger of frost has passed. Add bone meal at planting time to boost root development. Depths given in this section measure from the soil surface to the top of the bulb. If soil is sandy, plant one inch deeper. If your soil is clay, plant one inch shallower. Bulbs contain ample nutrients for the first year’s flowers but must replenish them in order to bloom again the next year. Fertilize down either side of the row with a balanced fertilizer at the rate of 1 pound per 100 square feet. Feed once a month from planting until the foliage yellows. Except for lilies, spring bulbs are tender and must be dug in the fall in cold climates. Store them for the winter at 50 degrees in vermiculite or dry peat moss.

Sun or
Anemone4 In.2 In.6 In.Sun/Partial Shade
Begonia½ In.1 Ft.1 Ft.Partial Shade/Shade
Caladium3-4 In.1 Ft.3-4 Ft.Partial Shade/Shade
Calla Lily3 In.1-1½ Ft.1½-2 Ft.Partial Shade
Canna2 In.15 In.2½-8 Ft.Sun
Dahlia4 In.15-30 In.3-4 Ft.Sun
Fressia2 In.4-6 In.12-14 In.Sun
Gladiolus4 In.4-6 In.1½-2 Ft.Sun
Lily4 In.3-4 In.2-3 Ft.Sun/Partial Shade
Oxalis1-2 In.3-4 In.6-8 In.Sun/Partial Shade
Patchwork Petunia1-2 In.3-4 In.8-10 In.Sun
Queen Fabiola4-6 In.6-8 In.1-2 Ft.Sun/Partial Shade
Ranunculus1½ In.6-8 In.1-1½ Ft.Sun
Tuberose2-3 In.6-8 In.3 Ft.Sun/Partial Shade

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