Planted bulbs yesterday(LATE): What do you think of my strategy?
So I finally got my bulbs in yesterday late morning, and immediately went out to plant them.
Unfortunately, I didnt get back to this website til today, where I than saw some advice about bulb planting from 'Roland', but by then, my bulbs were planted in pots outside.
So anyway, I gathered my largest pots, mixed up some soil which is about 50% peat moss, and 50% bagged topsoil, so that I got a good, non-clumping loamy mixture, as the topsoil was a bit clay-like in it's compaction qualities, and the peat moss alleviated that.
Then, I added several inches of soil to the pots, added some 'Bulb-Tone' fertilizer to the area where the bulbs will be sitting, then planted the bulbs about 6" apart, covered them with 2" soil, then added more 'Bulb-Tone', then added more soil. The tulips were planted 7" deep, the daffodils: 5-6" deep, the allium: about 7", and the large Fritillaria: 5" deep.
Then, I dug out the holes in my garden where I'd grown my Dahlias earlier in the year, and I placed each pot in a hole, then backfilled the soil surrounding the pots.
Then, I covered each pot with about 3" of a mixture of leaves and tall grass from the field, to insulate them.
That was yesterday(Thursday-Dec 9)
Since then, I read a post from 'Roland' from 2 of my latest threads, and he gave some advice, but he is apparently from France, and the spelling and sentence structure was a bit hard to follow, but here's what I got from it.... I might be translating it wrong though
He said to bring the pots inside in the warmth for 2 weeks, so that they can develop roots before planting them back into the garden. Also, he said that "once the tulips 'colour', cut them off". But I'm not sure what that means, I think it means that the flowers should be removed once they bloom, but I'm not sure if he means they should be cut 'as soon' as they bloom, or after they are done blooming, and starting to turn brown and wilt.
He also said that a tulip grower should cut off the tulip 'pots'. I guess that might mean to cut off the tulip's seed 'pods', but again, I'm not sure. But if you've already removed the flower, I dont think there would be a pod left to remove anyway, so I'm confused......
He was very clear about fertilizing though, and I will do that.......
**So does my planting strategy that I used yesterday seem like an adequate one, that will help insure they will come up and bloom next year, even though late?