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Planting Bulbs

 

A garden that contains a good selection of different bulbs is assured of colour from late winter until summer. Jonquils and Lachenalias and crocus in late winter are followed by Daffodils, Anemones and Ranunculi. Spring brings Hyacinths, Freesias, Tritonias and Watsonias, and let’s not forget those summer flowering Callas, Lilies and Gladioli.

 

When planting bulbs in the garden they require a well-drained, sandy loam which is not overly rich. You can improve heavy soils by adding coarse sand or Oderings Compost. Tui Bulb Fertiliser should be incorporated into the soil during preparation and prior to planting (always avoid direct contact between the bulb and fertiliser or fresh manure). The bulbs will also respond well to a feed with a liquid fertiliser as buds start to appear and again after flowers have finished.


Many bulbs will grow to perfection in tubs, pots or troughs, which can be moved around the garden, terrace or balcony. Smaller flowering bulbs such as Daffodils, Jonquils, Hyacinths, Bluebells, Lachenalias, Freesias and Tulips can be moved inside as they start to flower. The containers need to be at least 15cm deep to allow for good root growth and potted using a bulb potting mix. Plant your bulbs to their required depth and 2 times closer than what you would in the garden. Keep your containers in a cool shady place until the leaves emerge, then move into a sunny area. To promote earlier flowering on tall strong stems, place the Hyacinths, Tulips, Anemone and Ranunculus into the fridge (7-10 degrees) for 3-4 weeks before planting

 

(Note: bulbs in pots are generally not suitable for reusing for next season).

 

 

NAMEPLANTING SEASONDEPTH (cm)DISTANCE (cm)FLOWERING SEASON
AnemoneAutumn315Spring Early Summer
BegoniaSpringNote AIn potsSpring
BluebellsAutumn710Summer
CallaLate Autumn-Winter1020Summer
CannaWinter-Early Spring550Summer
CrocusAutumn510Late Winter-Early Spring
DaffodilAutumn1210-15Spring
DahliaSpring730Summer-Autumn
FreesiaAutumn77Spring
FritillariaAutumn1030Spring
GladiolusLate Winter-Spring1020Summer
Grape HyacinthAutumn710Spring
HippeastrumWinterNote A35Late Spring-Summer
HyacinthAutumn10, Note A in pots15Spring
IxiaAutumn710Spring
JonquilAutumn1010Late Winter-Early Spring
LachenaliaAutumn710Spring
LilliumLate Autumn-Winter10-2035Summer
Lily of the ValleyWinter310Late Spring
RanunculusAutumn315Spring
SnowdropAutumn710Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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