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Pike Nurseries: Planting fall bulbs for your spring bloom

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Fall is the time to plant spring blooming bulbs in the landscape and in container gardens.

Where to Plant Bulbs
 - Most bulbs thrive in either full or partial sun
 - Plant in an area that has good drainage
 -- Avoid planting at the base of hills or under drainpipes where water collects and will rot the bulbs
 - Plant bulbs in garden beds and containers
 -- Plant under pansies and other annuals. Come early spring, and you'll get even more garden color!

How to Plant Bulbs – Dig, Drop, Done!
 - Good soil preparation is the very first step.
 - Amend the native soil at a 50/50 radio with Pike Planting Mix
 - Make sure the soil is loose and porous to make the planting easier
 -- Adding peat moss to the soil is a good trick to improve drainage.
 - The planting depth of bulbs depends on their size
 -- As a general rule plant bulbs 3x the diameter of the bulb.
 -- Check the label on your bulb package
 - The spacing of the bulbs depends on the effect you'd like
 -- Plant in clumps of large groups rather than in single rows
 - Gently press the bulbs (with pointed ends up) in the bed, cover them with the removed soil and tap it down slightly
 -- A bulb planter is a handy tool especially if you're planting a lot of bulbs
 - Water thoroughly
 - Remember… "dig, drop, done."

Favorite Bulbs to Plant Now
 - Tulips
 -- Many colors and varieties to choose from
 -- Have a cup-like flower
 -- Plant a lot so you'll have plenty to cut and bring inside

 - Daffodils
 -- The yellow trumpet-like flowers
 -- Several varieties with a combination of yellow, orange and white

 - Onions
 -- Whether used fresh, cooked or dried, onions are a staple in nearly every type of cuisine.
 -- Planted as bulbs, choose from white, yellow or red onion bulbs in a variety of sizes

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