How to plant bulbs


If you’re not sure how deep or where to plant your bulbs, here are a
few general tips you can try:

1)    Where can I plant my bulbs?

Avoid boggy or waterlogged areas of the garden.
If you have an area of your garden that doesn’t drain well, avoid planting bulbs and other winter bedding that prefers well drained soil. If you have a boggy patch you don’t like, try getting a small willow tree that will love having its feet in water. Choose an area of the garden that is well drained and gets a bit of sunlight at some point during the day.

2)    When should I plant my bulbs out?

Read the instructions for when to plant. Most bulbs in packets will tell you when the best time of year to plant your bulbs for best effect.

3)    How deep should I plant my bulbs?

Unless stated otherwise, you can plant your bulbs three times deeper than their own size, for example if you have a tulip bulb that it one inch from top to bottom, you can plant it three inches deep into your flower beds, (top being where the point is, where the shoot will sprout from). Don’t worry too much about getting them up the right way – they will find the light in springtime. Some bulbs are different though so do check on the instructions if you have them; Hyacinths for example, need to be planted just below the surface, so their tips are just pointing through the top of the soil.

4)    Will they be ok in my pots and baskets?

Bulbs in pots and tubs.
Throw in a few bulbs to any of your winter tubs or baskets – they are like little treats when you have forgotten about them, and will show their heads just as your pansies are going past their best. You can also simply put a hyacinth bulb in a small pot on its own on a bright windowsill in your house. You and your children can enjoy watching them more closely as they grow.

5)    What bulbs go nicely together?

Mix them up! Look at the flowering times when you buy your bulbs in autumn time. Some bulbs like snowdrops and crocuses will flower as early as February, even in the snow, with others such as tulips, lilies and daffodils as late as May. Choose a variety of colours, heights, and flowering times to keep something new coming to life in your garden throughout the early season.

Bulbs are a lovely treat, as you will probably forget they are there until they poke their little heads up in springtime – your snowdrops will tell you the days are getting longer and winter is on the way out, and give you something to smile about.

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