September 30October Gardening Tip
October is the time to plant bulbs for spring beauty and color. Daffodils are a favorite of many Central Ohio gardeners because they are so versatile and hearty. Daffodils naturalize year to year. Deer will not eat the daffodil plants or flowers and, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits will generally not dig, move, or chew daffodil bulbs.
When selecting daffodil or other bulbs, pick only dry hard bulbs. Always try to pick the largest bulbs- the larger the bulb, the larger the flower.
Selecting a planting site
1. Good drainage is critical -a slight slope helps drainage
2. Plant where bulbs will have some sun. Ideally, select a site with at least half a day of sun. Planting under a tree should work because daffodils bloom before foliage appears.
Preparing the soil
Lewis Turner in his publication Let’s Grow Daffodils, says, “Many people make the mistake of planting a $50 plant in a 25 cent hole.” Good preparation improves drainage. Lift soil the depth of a shovel to break up large lumps of soil -especially if clay based. OSU Extension recommends amending heavy clay soil by adding amounts of 1/3 to – 1/2 sand, compost, peat or aged bark.
Plant about 4 times the height of the bulb–6-8 inches for daffodils.
Plant daffodils in groups of 3 ,5 or 7.
Water bulbs after planting.
Lewis P. Turner’s, Let’s Grow Daffodils A handbook on Daffodil Culture-1994, Turner’s Patch, P.O. Box 697, Walkersville , MD 21793
Ohio line.os.edu/hyperfact sheet 1000/1237,html
For more information
www. our ohio.org>hardy bulbs in Ohio fact sheet HYG -1237-98
September 1September Garden Tips
- renew plant vigor
- promote better blooming
- control spreading
A good rule of thumb is to divide perennials which bloom in spring or early/mid-summer in early fall.
A few examples are: astilbe, coreopsis, dianthus, hostas and salvia.