How deep and when to plant daffodils and tulips in Akron, OH

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  • Mary Gladney Close Young Mary Gladney Close Young on Sep 20, 2017
    Plant 6-8 inches and plant them in the fall. They need to be cold for the winter to bloom in the spring. Enjoy next Spring

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 20, 2017
    1. This is from about tulips: You need to dig each hole three times as deep as the tulip bulb is tall. There should be twice as much soil over the tip of the bulb as height of the bulb, so if your tulip bulb measures 2 ½ inches tall, dig your hole 8 inches deep, so you’ll have 5 inches of soil above the bulb.
    2. Set the bulb so the pointy end is facing up. Don’t worry if you get some upside down. They should flower anyhow, but it will take them longer to come through the ground in spring and they may not be as tall as they should.
    After the tulips bulbs are planted, you need to water them thoroughly and then cover the area with a mulch of pine bark or shredded leaves to protect them. They also said to wait until October or November to plant them.

    This is what they said about daffodils:
    If you live in USDA zones 4 to 6, the best time to plant daffodils is as soon as they are available in early autumn.

    When growing daffodils, you should plant them in groups of ten or more. All you do is make a loose circle with about seven bulbs and put three in the middle.
    For aesthetic reasons, you don’t want to mix different cultivars within each planting group. The effect will be better if you plant one kind together (such as a group of ten “Ice Follies”, but not a group of “Ice Follies” mixed with “Spellbinder”, etc.). You can plant these in bigger blocks if your space allows it, using 25 or more bulbs.
    Daffodils look great in a formal garden with shapes like squares or circles. Even tapered, fish-shaped plantings look great.
    Steps for Planting Daffodil Bulbs
    1. Be sure to plant daffodil bulbs with the pointy end up and the fatter, somewhat flattened end down.
    2. Plant your daffodils twice as deep as the bulb is tall. In other words, if a bulb is 2 inches (5 cm.) from the base to the tip, you would dig a 6-inch (15 cm.) deep hole to put the bulb 4 inches (10 cm.) below the soil level. Deep planting helps prevent frost heave and protects the bulbs from accidental damage from spades and rakes. You don’t need to measure the hole – just give it your best guess. Larger bulbs go deeper, of course, and smaller bulbs go closer to the surface. Plant the bulbs more deeply in sandy soil, and more shallowly in heavier, clay-type soils.
    3. You will want to cover the bulbs with soil and then water them well after you’re finished planting them. Mulch the area with pine bark mulch, chopped leaves, or whatever you usually use as mulch to help protect it.
    In zones 6 and 7, garden daffodils will bloom in mid-spring, but they’ll come sooner in a mild winter region (zones 8 and 9). Of course, this means they bloom later in colder regions. is an excellent site for getting info on any plant you have or want and easy to use. I hope this helps!

  • Amanda Amanda on Sep 20, 2017
    For tulips I go 8" deep and make the hole about 6" wide. For daffodils I go 3 times the height of the bulb.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Sep 20, 2017
    Hello Doshak :) To plant flower bulbs you plant them 2 - 3 times deeper than the bulb is tall with the pointy end pointing up. I also know that Autumn is the time to plant for Spring flowering. The following article should be of help to you (it is from the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL) :
    Good Luck :) Enjoy your beautiful flowers next Spring, and thanks for using HOMETALK for answers :)

  • Dan29861876 Dan29861876 on Sep 23, 2017
    October, in fall