Prepare the Soil
Bulbs should be planted in soil that is loose and well-drained. They will not grow in soggy soil. To improve the planting area, loosen the soil a little deeper than the recommended planting depth and mix in some peat moss or compost.
Check the Depth
As a general rule, bulbs should be planted 2-3 times deeper than their height. So a 2 1/2” tall tulip bulb should be planted 5-7” deep. Specific information about proper planting depth is printed on each package.
Pointy End Up
Most bulbs have a flattened bottom where the roots will grow and a tapered top where the stem will emerge. When planting, the tapered end of the bulb should face up. If you can’t determine bottom from top, don’t worry. Bulbs will naturally grow toward light and warmth.
Plant in Groups
Spring bulbs look best when they are planted in odd numbers and irregular shapes. To plant a large area fast, dig out the soil from the planting bed and place it on a tarp. Position the bulbs and then gently replace the soil. Recommended spacing varies and is printed on each package.