Flower Bulbs Planting Depth
The depth for planting bulbs is important. Plant them too deep, and they
can't fight their way to the surface. Planting them deep will also increase
the moisture level they experience. While bulbs are used to cold, wet soils,
too much water can cause them to rot. Plant them too shallow, and they can
freeze and die if the soil freezes to their depth.
So, how deep should fall and spring flower bulbs be planted? What is
the proper depth? There is no deep secret, or rocket science here. A general
rule of thumb is to plant them to a depth of twice the diameter of the bulb.
The planting depth for corms generally follows this same rule of thumb.
For Rhizomes and tuberous roots, most plants prefer to be planted just below
the surface, with the "eye" pointed up. An inch or two deep is fine for most
plants. Plant large rhizomes a little deeper. Again, for more specific
instructions, see the particular plant's how to grow instructions..
When buying bulbs, corms, or rhizomes, check to see if there are planting
instructions on the package. If so, use the suppliers recommendations. If
not, revert to the above gardening "rule of thumb".
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