When buying spring bulbs, choose the ones that are plump and firm, avoid bulbs that are dry and withered, spongy or moldy.
Plant spring bulbs after the first killing frost, or when the soil temperature cools down to 60 ° F. Before the ground freezes about mid-November.
Spring blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth prefer full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sun. Also, it is important to plant them in well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Compacted clay soil will promote bulb rotting in cool weather. If your garden has heavy clay soil, mix compost with the existing soil when planting the bulbs.
In order to encourage vigorous blooms and strong root growth, mix high phosphate fertilizer with the existing soil when planting.
Generally spring bulbs are planted to a depth of 3 times their diameter, but it is best to follow planting instructions from the package.
Plant the bulbs with pointed side up. The pointed end is the stem, and the flatter end is where the roots will grow. Don’t worry if you cannot tell the difference, eventually the stem will find its way out.
To prevent animals from digging out the bulbs use barriers or repellents. A cage made of hardware cloth makes a good barrier. A repellent could be crushed ghost peppers in the planting hole and on the planting area.
Spread 2 inches of natural mulch over the soil, this will help to prevent weeds in the spring.
Water the bulbs after planting to help them settle in and close any air pockets. The bulbs would need to be watered during the winter only if the winter is extremely dry.
Mark the area where you have planted bulbs, to avoid trying to plant something else in the same spot.