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.
Planting in the Garden
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.
Planting in Pots
(Note: bulbs in pots are generally not suitable for reusing for next season).
For more bulb growing information see these New Zealand articles.
|NAME||PLANTING SEASON||DEPTH (cm)||DISTANCE (cm)||FLOWERING SEASON|
|Anemone||Autumn||3||15||Spring Early Summer|
|Begonia||Spring||Note A||In pots||Spring|
|Crocus||Autumn||5-8||10||Late Winter-Early Spring|
|Crocus Giant||Autumn||8||10||Late Winter-Early Spring|
|Daffodil||Autumn||12||10-15||Late Winter-Early Spring|
|Grape Hyacinth -Muscari||Autumn||7||10||Spring|
|Hippeastrum||Winter||Note A||35||Late Spring-Summer|
|Hyacinth||Autumn||10, Note A in pots||15||Spring|
|Jonquil||Autumn||10||10||Late Winter-Early Spring|
|Lily of the Valley||Winter||3||10||Late Spring|