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You can plant a bulb upside down

By: Garden Gate staff
Don’t second guess the way your bulbs are planted! Just remember this helpful growing info.

You can plant a bulb upside down

In the upper photo at left, you can see how similar the top and bottom of a gladiolus (Gladiolus hybrids) corm look. Sometimes you just can’t tell which side is up. Or you might be in a hurry and accidentally drop one in its planting hole with the basal plate — where the roots form — pointing up.

But, as you can see in the lower photo at left, it doesn’t make a difference. A few weeks after planting, the upside-down glad was growing at the same rate as the one planted right-side up. And if left in the ground, it looks like it would have righted itself — notice how the new stems are even beginning to turn the bulb over? While it’s not the best way to plant, setting a bulb upside down won’t prevent it from blooming.

Published: Feb. 17, 2015
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