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How to Plant Bulbs

Watch more Seeds & Planting videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Give bulbs a proper start in your garden with these helpful steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Store your bulbs properly Store your bulbs in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight while you are waiting to plant them. Step 2: Wait for the right temperatures Check your thermometer and wait until average nighttime temperatures have fallen to around 50°F or cooler for 2 weeks before putting the bulbs in the ground. Step 3: Prepare a planting bed Dig and loosen a planting bed with a spade, and dress the soil with conventional soil amendments. Tip Plant on a slope or in a raised bed if drainage is poor. Bulbs planted in warm, wet soil may succumb to rot or mildew. Step 4: Plant the bulbs Press the bulbs into the soil in the planting area and cover them with more soil. Plant the bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is wide. In hot climates or sandy soil, plant the bulbs slightly deeper. Tip Consult a plant encyclopedia or nursery for information about planting a specific bulb variety. Step 5: Water the bulbs Water the bulbs after planting if there is not sufficient rainfall to keep the roots wet. Do not overwater, as this can lead to bulb rot. Did You Know? The Romans brought daffodils to Britain, thinking the sap from them -- actually a skin irritant -- had healing powers.
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