Supplies for Starting Bulbs Indoors:
- Bulbs or Tubers
- Pots - at least 5 inches or larger
- Good potting mix.
- Early Start Chart to keep track of the date your bulb was planted and the date it emerged, as well as other notes. This will be great to refer back to the following year (stop by Gingham Gardens to pick up yours).
Steps for Starting Summer Blooming Bulbs Indoors:
Start your bulbs about 6 weeks (caladium bulbs take more like 8 weeks) before the last frost date in your gardening zone. If you aren't sure of your gardening zone, just google "what gardening zone am I in."
Read the directions on your potting mix. Some potting mixes may need water added before starting to plant.
As a general rule of thumb, bulbs or tubers need to be planted a depth of 2 times their diameter. It's best to follow directions on the package of bulbs or tubers, but if you don't have the package, this gives you a place to start.
Fill your pot about half way with potting mix.
Place the bulb or tuber on top of the soil. Pay special attention to which end is up. With some bulbs it's difficult to tell, but I generally put the hairy root side down and the side with nodules up.
Finish filling the pot with soil and tamp the soil down lightly.
Water really well, unless your potting mix was wet to begin with. You want moist soil, but not soggy wet soil.