How to mark places for bulbs

Pamela CollinsMay 10, 2014


I need a way to mark my beds NOW so I can remember where I want to add bulbs in the Fall. Any ideas??


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steve22802(7a VA)

Check out the link below to an Instructable I created which shows how to make bulb location markers. You may want to use a little thicker aluminum. Some of mine have torn over time.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to make durable plant markers

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 9:56PM
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Pamela Collins

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the idea!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 8:59AM
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Golf tees.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 7:58PM
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You could also take photos and then label the photos. These tips are also good for when you want to identify where they are growing, so you'll remember it when you have to re-arrange the garden bed area.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 11:54AM
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beesneeds(zone 6)

If you want to mark your beds where you want to ADD bulbs later, use recycled soup or other food cans.
Make sure you clean them out first, then just shove the open end of the can down into the ground over where you want the bulb to be later.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 4:35PM
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Laura twixanddud(5b MI)

I use tall golf tees in some areas and small rocks in other areas - with the rocks, a bigger rock means I want to add a group of daffs there, a group of five small rocks means I want to plant a group of crocus. Both of these methods work well for me in uncrowded flower beds.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 2:47PM
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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

I bought black round stones and exterior paint markers and drew names on them and placed them at the base of the plant. I'm not sure how well the paint will hold up but I figure even if it wears off, I'll still have a marker there telling me there's something planted. :o)

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 4:49PM
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good ideas, & I love the 'personalized' ('plantalized'?) rocks!

My neighbor gave me a box full of teeny little terra cotta pots that she had bought for a craft project that she never got around to doing.

They're about 1" across the top.

I push them into the ground where I plant bulbs.

You could paint them or personalize them like the rocks.

If you do paint them, use a sealer coat on the raw terra cotta & let it dry overnight to keep your lettering from running together.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 11:48PM
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Great idea with the rocks.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:23PM
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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

Thank you both. It was a really fun and cheap project. I need a lot more though!! :)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 3:03PM
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