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Rodd Moesel advises readers about their horticulture and gardening issues.
BY RODD MOESEL Published: November 5, 2012

Generally, we plant bulbs 2.5 to 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb.

A 2-inch tall tulip bulb would plant 5 to 6 inches deep. Always plant with the stem side or pointed side of the bulb pointing up and the root or flatter side pointing down.

You can plant the bulbs in rows or patterns or go for a natural effect and roll or gently throw them across the ground and plant them where they land.

Bulbs make a stunning effect when planted in waves, clumps or drifts. You should add some bone meal or super phosphate into the planting hole as you plant the bulbs to provide a good natural slow release fertilizer source to help produce a strong healthy root system.

Tulips are spectacular but don't naturalize well here so we usually have to plant new bulbs each fall to enjoy their “welcome to spring” show.

Daffodils or narcissus often naturalize here and come back year after year to trumpet the arrival of spring annually with their yellow, orange or white trumpet shaped flowers.

Bulb plantings should be well-watered after covering with soil to complete your planting.

Two of the most impressive things in the world are planting seeds or bulbs and then watching the miracle that unfolds as that small capsule of life produces a whole plant and a sea of spring color.

Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean's advisory committee. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers. Email garden and landscape questions to