All around Ithaca, long swaths of flower bulbs are popping up through the still-dormant grass to provide some extra early-season color, thanks to Bill Miller and his Cornell Flower Bulb Research Program team. Miller is a professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science’s Horticulture Section, part of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Every fall since 2017, Miller and his team wheel out their tractor-drawn bulb planter imported from the Netherlands, which can plant thousands of bulbs in minutes. They pour bulbs by the bucketful into the hopper, including daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, crocuses, scilla, muscari, alliums and chionodoxa. As it’s towed across the grass, the planter slices open the sod, lifts it and drops in the bulbs. Then it firms the sod back over top of them.
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