October is the month to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Which end goes up and how deep should you plant a tulip? We explain the basics:
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Q: When should I plant fall bulbs?
A: Plant spring-blooming bulbs—such as hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils—in October, before the ground freezes.
Q: How do I choose the best bulbs?
A: The best bulbs are fat and firm (not moldy or mushy).
Q: Where should I plant bulbs in the garden?
A: Pick a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Looking for the right tool for the job? See 10 Easy Pieces: Bulb Planters.
Q: Which end of the bulb should point upward when I plant it?
A: Plant bulbs with their crowns up and roots down.
Q: How deep should I plant fall bulbs?
A: Measure the height of the bulb and dig a hole three times as deep.
Q: How far apart should I plant fall bulbs?
A: Plant bulbs in clumps (not rows) and give them space to breath; make sure they’re not touching each other. Gill in the hole, tamp down the dirt, and water them to coax roots to start growing.
Interested in other bulbs and tubers for your garden or indoor space? Get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various bulbs and tubers with our Bulbs & Tubers: A Field Guide. Plus: