Bulb Care

Planting Bulbs

You may be busy planting new bulbs this fall, but don’t forget to care for the ones already in the ground.
When you’re planting bulbs this fall, don’t forget to treat them and any existing bulbs to a dose of slow-release fertilizer. Use either a specific “bulb fertilizer,” or any general fertilizer with a N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10. Follow the label directions to determine the amount. Add the fertilizer to the planting hole of new bulbs. Apply it to the top of the soil over existing bulbs and lightly scratch it in.

More bulb tips:

Bulb Planting Depths

Tulips That Come Back

Protecting Bulbs from Critters


Learn everything you need to know about bulbs with Bulbs: Practical Advice and the Science Behind It.

Find inspiration in Bulb, a beautiful book by Anna Pavord.

Choose from old favorites and less common varieties in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s All-Region Guide to Spring-blooming Bulbs.

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