Bulbs come closer to guaranteeing success more than any other type of garden plant. Since all the nutrients the flower needs are stored in the bulb, it’s hard to make a mistake. The biggest challenge is to select and plant the right bulb.
Preparing the Soil: Most bulbs prefer a loose, porous soil structure that allows for good drainage. In Brevard, most soils are sandy and should be improved by adding organic matter. Spread about 1 inch deep in the area to be planted and then work into soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.
Fertilizing: When you plant, mix some Bone Meal at the bottom of each planting hole. The phosphorus in the bone meal does not move readily through the soil as other plant nutrients do, so it must be placed at a depth where the roots can reach it. Scatter Espoma Flower-Tone on the ground around the new growth once per month during the growing season.
Planting: Plant bulbs as soon as possible after purchase. On some bulbs such as caladiums, delay planting until the threat of freezing weather is passed if purchased early in the spring. Most bulbs are planted at a depth that is equal to three times their diameter.