The Rural Messenger says, that a deep mellow soil with an abundance of sun and air, yet light and rich from the previous year's manuring, is far better than soil in which fresh manure has been just applied. The former will give immediate and continuous stimulus to the bulb, while the other will afford an overdose in June and early in July, failing therewith as dry August and early September comes, and it will not recover until the bloom is over and gone.

Bulbs planted in light, dry, thin soil, or with fresh manure, for support, generally burn up and die out in midsummer with the heat.

If bulbs are ready on hand in the spring time, and the soil is not ready, pack them in moss, wet with tepid water, and lay them, not in the sun, but in a warm room a few days, or until the ground is fitted for them. The earlier a hill is started the better its bloom.

When planting, it is a good practice to surround the bulbs with clean soil; but unless the soil is of a rather heavy or clayey nature such practice is not absolutely essential to successs. Plant the bulb two to three inches deep - the latter depth for heavy soil - and at distances of eight inches apart each way.