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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).



Anemone Autumn 3 15 Spring Early Summer
Begonia Spring Note A In pots Spring
Bluebells Autumn 7 10 Summer
Calla Late Autumn-Winter 10 20 Summer
Canna Winter-Early Spring 5 50 Summer
Crocus Autumn 5 10 Late Winter-Early Spring
Daffodil Autumn 12 10-15 Spring
Dahlia Spring 7 30 Summer-Autumn
Freesia Autumn 7 7 Spring
Fritillaria Autumn 10 30 Spring
Gladiolus Late Winter-Spring 10 20 Summer
Grape Hyacinth Autumn 7 10 Spring
Hippeastrum Winter Note A 35 Late Spring-Summer
Hyacinth Autumn 10, Note A in pots 15 Spring
Ixia Autumn 7 10 Spring
Jonquil Autumn 10 10 Late Winter-Early Spring
Lachenalia Autumn 7 10 Spring
Lillium Late Autumn-Winter 10-20 35 Summer
Lily of the Valley Winter 3 10 Late Spring
Ranunculus Autumn 3 15 Spring
Snowdrop Autumn 7 10 Spring








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