When it comes to bulb flowers there are many mistakes that can be made. However there are solutions to knowing and avoiding these bulb mistakes. A few of the tips include not planting too few of them, going for quality when it comes to ordering them, not ignoring the species of tulips as well as other small types. Also do not be afraid to treat hybrid tulips as annuals.
- Don’t plant too few. A drift of hybrid tulips or daffs needs 30 minimum, and my default would be twice that, even on my small property.
- Don’t ignore the species tulips and other smaller types, like erythronium, miniature daffs, eranthis, small allium, and others. I have anecdotal evidence that the species tulips tend to be ignored by deer and I have hard evidence that they perennialize, unlike their hybrid brethren. I have some that have been coming up for over ten years. They’re best scattered in groups of 3 or 5, I find.
- Don’t bother with “bulb feeding” fertilizers; compost is fine.
“In a world gone crazy, I am relieved to turn part of my focus to my favorite fall activity: bulb planting and forcing. I’m no horticultural expert (though I do play one on the radio sometimes), but bulbs are my thing, and here’s what I got: Don’t plant too few. A drift of hybrid tulips or daffs needs 30 minimum, and my default would be twice that, even on my small property.”