The planting of bulbs is made much easier and quicker if you use a bulb planter.
The bulb planter has a set of teeth on the bottom of the cone for biting into the soil. Depending on your soil type will depend on the way you insert the planter into the soil.
Loose or wet soil means you can usually just push the planter straight in. Harder drier soils may require a screw action to penetrate to the depth required.
How do they work?
A depth gauge on the side of the planter allows you to accurately reach the depth of your chosen bulb. Once at your chosen depth, just pull the bulb planter out of the ground and a plug of earth is brought out with it.
Pop your bulb into the hole and release the plug of earth over the top of it from the bulb planter by squeezing the handle together.
What are they made of?
Bulb planters are mainly made from stainless steel or carbon steel which have a powder or chrome plated finish.
Stainless steel bulb planters are good for
wet or clay areas as they have less soil adhesion. Carbon steel is good for hard or stony soils as they are much stronger.
Long Handled bulb planters
If you have lots of planting to do or have a weak back, a long handled bulb planter may be the answer.
These have foot treads so you can exert some pressure, which make them ideal for planting bulbs in the lawn or in heavy soil.
Maintenance of Bulb Planters
As with any garden tools that come into contact with soil or moisture, they should be washed down and dried before storage. Carbon steel bulb planters should be wiped over with an oily rag.
The spring in the handle is usually inaccessible so you cannot oil it, make sure though that the handle has a nice free movement when squeezed and there is no dirt trapped.
Tips for Bulb Planters
Hang your bulb planter up when not in use. This will prevent the blade from being damaged.