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Thu Oct 27, 2016, 05:58 PM

 

Can you really plant multiple bulbs in the same hole?

Like tulips, crocus and lillies or something?

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Reply Can you really plant multiple bulbs in the same hole? (Original post)
LaydeeBug Oct 2016 OP
TygrBright Oct 2016 #1
LaydeeBug Nov 2016 #3
TygrBright Nov 2016 #4
Major Nikon Oct 2016 #2
japple Dec 2016 #5
Major Nikon Dec 2016 #6

Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Oct 27, 2016, 06:05 PM

1. Sure, if the hole is big enough.

I usually dig a hole about 1 ft in diameter for a clump of 7 daffodil or narcissus bulbs, about half that for 7-9 muscari.

I dig an inch or two deeper than needed, then put some bulb booster in, then an inch or so of loose soil to "seat" the bulbs root-side down, before covering them up.

helpfully,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 11:52 PM

3. How deep do you plant them? nt

 

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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 11:59 PM

4. About 2-3 times deeper than the height of the bulb.

A small tulip bulb, for example, is about 1.5 inches 'tall' from the root end to the tip. I'd generally plant it 4" deep.

helpfully,
Bright

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Oct 27, 2016, 06:50 PM

2. Some people do to insure against bad ones

If you are using a good source for bulbs it's probably not necessary, but if you are just picking them up at the big box home improvement store, then it's not a bad idea if you're concerned about coverage the first year.

I like to plant bulbs in random patterns so that if a few don't come up it's not a big deal. In subsequent years they are going to be less uniform anyway.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 3, 2016, 05:52 PM

5. Then the squirrels come along and mess up the whole thing! When I lived in

NC, I had crocus and grape hyacinth coming up all over my yard.

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Response to japple (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 3, 2016, 06:49 PM

6. I'm not sure why, but I rarely see squirrels around my neighborhood

I have several live oak trees on my property so I figured I'd be overrun with them, but so far it's pretty rare that I see one.

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