The first step in planting is to find an area that will provide drainage and plenty of sunlight. You can plant your bulbs in a slightly shady area, but they will most likely only last for the first bloom and will not carry onto the next spring. The soil is the most important part in getting your beauties to bloom! The soil should be slightly sandy or loamy ( ideal plant growing medium ) to make certain the bulbs will not become mushy from excess trapped moisture.
Bulbs should be planted 2 to 3 times deeper than the bulb is tall, but also check the planting instructions because every plant has slightly different rules. Plant with the roots facing downward, pointed end up. If you cannot determine which side goes downward, the great thing about bulbs is that you can plant it sideways, and it will still find its way to the surface, blooming upright. Cover the bulb with soil and a light layer of mulch, watering it well. Now all you have to do is wait! After the cold winter months, you will be happily surprised when your bulbs come up in the spring!
Send me pictures of you preparing your spring-blooming babes and keep me updated when they bloom!! Happy Gardening!