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Planting Bulbs in Dirt with Trowel

Bulb Planting Instructions

  1. Dig out the soil to the proper depth. (See chart below)
  2. Amend soil (if needed), drop the bulb in, tips up.
  3. Cover the bulb completely, and water well.
Planting Bulbs in Dirt



Bulbs
Planting Time
Spring & Fall
Bloom Time
Planting Depth
Planting Distance
Soil Preference



Allium
S/F
Late Spring-
Early Summer
6-8"
6-8"
Well drained,
sandy loam



Alocasia/
Colocasia
S
Summer
(Foliage)
8-10"
3-6'
Well drained



Anemone
F
Early Spring
2-3"
2-4"
Well drained



Caladium
S
Summer-Fall
(Foliage)
1-2"
8-18"
Well drained



Camassia
F
Late Spring-
Early Summer
4-6"
6-8"
Moisture rich,
organic matter rich



Canna
S
Summer
4-6"
1-2'
Moisture rich,
organic matter rich



Colchicum
F
Early-
Mid Fall
3-4"
6-8"
Moisture rich



Crocus
(Fall Blooming)
S
Fall
2-3"
2-6"
Moisture rich,
well drained



Crocus
(Spring Blooming)
F
Early Spring
2-3"
2-6"
Moisture rich,
loam



Dahlia
S
Summer
6-8"
9-12"
Well drained,
organic matter rich



Eucomis
S
Summer-
Fall
4-6"
6"
Well drained



Freesia
S/F
Spring
or Fall
3"
1"
Well drained



Fritillaria
F
Spring
3-6"
1-6"
Well drained



Galanthus
F
Early Spring
2-3"
2"
Organic
matter rich



Gladiolus
S/F
Spring
2-4"
3-4"
Well drained,
sandy loam



Hippeastrum
(Amaryllis)
S/F
Spring
or Fall
bulb neck above
soil line
2-4"
Well drained,
sandy loam



Hyacinth
F
Early Spring
4-6"
6"
Well drained



Ipheion
F
Early Spring
3-4"
1"
Moisture rich,
well drained



Lilium
(Lily)
S/F
Summer
4-6"
9-18"
Moisture rich,
well drained



Lycoris
S/F
Late Summer-
Fall
2-5"
5-8"
Moisture rich,
well drained



Muscari
F
Early Spring
3"
2-3"
Well drained



Narcissus
(Daffodil)
F
Spring
6-8"
6-8"
Moisture rich,
well drained, loam



Nerine
S/F
Late Summer-
Fall
2"
4-6"
Well drained,
sandy loam



Oxalis
(Shamrock)
S/F
Spring
or Fall
1-2"
2-6"
Well drained



Polianthes
F
Summer
2"
6-8"
Well drained,
sandy loam



Ranunculus
S
Early Spring
6"
6"
Well drained



Scilla
F
Spring
2-3"
3-6"
Moisture rich



Tulipa
(Tulip)
F
Spring
6"
3-6"
Moisture rich,
well drained



Zantedeschia
(Calla Lily)
S
Early-
Midsummer
3"
6"
Well drained,
organic matter rich