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Here’s How to Plant Fall Bulbs

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  • September 15, 2017


Plant your bulbs in the fall to enjoy colourful blooms in the spring. Plan to plant the bulbs within a week after buying them, as they shouldn’t stay above ground too long. Bulbs can be planted any time in the fall up until the ground freezes. They will survive a frost but once the ground is frozen, you won’t be able to get a shovel in it.


1. Plant bulbs in a hole that is three times as deep as the bulb is thick, measured from top to bottom. A bulb that is 3 cm thick will require a 10 cm. hole.

2. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to allow new roots to develop freely, and add a handful of blood and bone meal in the bottom of the hole to ensure the roots get the nutrition they need.

3. Bury your bulbs using triple mix soil. Mark’s Choice Garden Soil will get the job done. Mix the soil with 30% sand to improve drainage.

4. After planting, step on the soil around the bulbs to firm the soil and encourage the bulbs to take root before winter sets in.


- After the bulbs are placed in the hole, spray them with a squirrel repellent.

- Place chicken wire on top of the hole after the soil has been tamped down with your feet, then add a couple more centimetres of soil on top of the chicken wire.

- Plant the bulbs a little more deeply in well-drained soil.

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