Instructions for planting your bulbs

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IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE YOUR BULBS OUTDOORS ALL WINTER, select a larger container that will hold enough soil to insulate the bulbs – a container at least 24 inches in diameter. If you grow bulbs in a container that’s too small to spend the winter outdoors or one that is made from a material such as terra-cotta that needs protection from freezing temperatures, keep the planted bulbs someplace that will stay consistently cold but not below freezing, such as a garage or shed. Don’t bring your bulbs indoors; most basements will be too warm for them to develop properly.

DEPTH IS IMPORTANT FOR BULBS.

If planted too deep, they will bloom late or not at all. If planted too shallow, new growth may become exposed too soon and risk damage by cold temperatures.

If you are unsure of the exact planting depth, a good general rule of thumb is to plant the bulb two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall.

MOST BULBS LOOK BEST WHEN PLANTED IN BIG, IRREGULAR GROUPINGS INSTEAD OF STRAIGHT ROWS. So, try tossing them onto the ground and plant them where they fall—it’s fine if some bulbs end up being a little closer to each other than the recommended spacing. It adds to the natural look.