Why Bulbs Aren’t Happy Looking Up Annuals Butts…

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I was asked by a client the other day if we could plant her annual flowers right over her tulips, with the intent that the bulbs will ‘multiply’. I had to pass on bad news. Bulbs and annuals don’t play nicey-nice together. At least here in the Midwest…

  • Bulbs should be planted at the correct depth for the bulb. If a bulb is planted too deep, to make room for the annual above, it may not grow.
  • Tulip foliage must be allowed to die-back naturally and will make an annual display look a bit messy until the foliage has died back and been removed. However, if you did want to do this, only expect the tulips to bloom (well) the first year.
  • Bulbs, tulips in particular, do not multiply*, rather they disintegrate over time in the ground unless removed after the foliage has died back naturally, are stored properly and replanted in the fall.
  • Annuals planted over bulbs will remove all the nutrients from the surrounding soil leaving the bulb starved.
  • Bulbs need dry conditions, if annuals are planted above bulbs they will rot from the added water annual flowers require.

*Daffodils do multiply, however all the rest of the conditions would not be good for daffodil bulbs either.

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