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Do you always admire the beautiful blooms that sprout up after the last frost in Spring and welcome back the warm weather and wish you’d planted some of your own? Now is the time to get planting your bulbs! For first time bulb gardeners, Autumn Hill has three tips to help you make your bulb planting successful. 

Tips for Planting Bulbs1. Pointy Side Up

Novice gardeners tend to get confused on which side of the bulb is up. Hold the bulb around its round middle, between your two fingers. Move it so that the pointy side is up – this is the end that the bulb will sprout from. If you can’t figure it out, don’t worry too much, the bulb will find its way to the surface.

2. More is More!

With bulbs, more is always better. Planting just a few bulbs here and there isn’t going to give you a lot of impact. Plant lots of bulbs together in an area to make that impression of a blanket of color come Springtime.

3. The Rule of Thumb

Many people also get confused about how deep to plant their bulbs. It is important to plant them at the right depth, or else they may never sprout above the soil level. A good rule of thumb to use is to dig the hole about three times as deep as the width of the bulb. Smaller bulbs need shallower holes; bigger bulbs need deeper holes. Usually though, the bulb packages come with directions that specify a planting depth.

It’s finally looking like Fall is here to stay (but then again, you never know in this weird Georgia weather) and you can go ahead and start planting your bulbs. If you think it might warm up again, just plant your bulbs and inch or two deeper to protect them from potential heat.

Both of our nurseries, in Canton and Woodstock, have a variety of bulbs in stock. Come by and we’d love to help you choose a variety that will produce color starting just after the last frost, into the first weeks of summer.

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