Soil for Daffodil Bulbs planting

gardenerprer(9a Phoenix)November 22, 2012


I just planted 4 days back my daffodils, freesia and Ranunculus. I used mix of Miracle Grow garden soil and phoenix soil. Loosened all the soil below the bulb also and added bone meal at the base. I am just worried if I should have used only Miracle grow soil instead of mixing with phoenix soil which seems to be little clay to me. Please help me with my question, if I should remove some soil and try mixing more miracle grow soil or the way I did is fine and wait an see.

Thank you!!!

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

What is phoenix soil? Do you mean you live in Phoenix and just used the local soil?

I have never grown Freesia or Ranunculus but daffodils don't need any special soil. Just a reasonably friable local soil and enough moisture.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 12:17PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Oh flora - NO buttercups?! (Lucky you!)

Freesias are fine in a silty or somewhat sandy soil and don't mind some clay content so long as they aren't waterlogged over winter while they're coming into leaf.

However - if you bought the big florists' varieties with the coloured flowers you must provide frost shelter unless you're in zone 9b or above. And some stem supports would be useful, too, because they can be tall and heavy and flop outrageously while they're flaunting.

If you're growing the little yellow-blotched white ones with the pleasant scent - they're hardy and sturdy in 9a for sure.

The Ranunculus with the big flowers like turbans need a deep soil and excellent drainage - and plenty of matured compost. They're a greedy flower - just like their pesky pasture relations. (Only the best manure patches for Them.) They have a mass of fine-hair roots out of all proportion to their scrawny little claws.

'Deep soil' means either a raised bed of 18" high, or digging down and loosening for at least 18".

Protect your amended soil and topsoil if you need to do this. Scoop it out onto a sheet of plastic while you are loosening up the next layer down using a strong gardening fork. Just push the fork into it and wriggle it to break up the stiff soil.

Then put the top soil back, add any amendments, and water it to settle the soil and get the soil life going again after the upheaval.

Do not mix the two different soil layers. The top one is where most of the food and soil life are found.

For fertiliser you can use one part superphosphate, one part blood and bone, and a spritz of sulphate of potash mixed through that amended soil before planting. Think in tablespoons - not poundweights - about an ounce of the mixed up brew scattered dry over a square yard and lightly forked through the top few inches before you plant your Ranunculus claws.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 2:11AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Ho, ho, vetivert8. But no, I have never grown Ranunculus. Although they have occasionally grown themselves.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:24AM
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gardenerprer(9a Phoenix)

Thank you Vetivert8, this was great information. Just waiting for them to start sprouting :) I am zone 9a btw.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 10:52PM
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