Gardening Tips for Planting Spring Bulbs

Which way up should bulbs be planted?

  • Always plant bulbs with the pointed growing tip facing upwards. If it isn't clear which is the top the try planting bulbs on their side. Some tuberous plants such as Begonias will be flatter than bulbs and don't have an obvious growing point. Position them just below the compost surface with the indented side facing upwards.

Growing bulbs in containers;

  • Planting bulbs in containers allows you to move your display into prime position while they are in full bloom. After flowering the containers can be moved out of view while the bulbs die back and become dormant. Use a good quality general purpose compost and mix in a handful of grit to improve drainage. Alternatively, you can choose specially prepared bulb compost. 
  • Water bulbs in containers regularly as they begin to grow, and continue throughout their flowering period. Once the foliage beings to die back you can gradually reduce watering as they enter their dormant period. 
  • If squirrels and mice become a problem then protect your containers of bulbs by covering the top of the post with a piece of chicken wire. Once the shoots appear you can remove it to allow the foliage and flowers space to grow. 

 

How to plant bulbs in grass?

  • Naturalising bulbs in grass can make an impressive display. They are best grown in informal areas of grass that can left unmown while the bulb foliage dies back. 
  • For a really natural look, gently scatter them across the planting area and plant each one where it lands. Use a sturdy trowel or bulb planter to dig a hole to the recommended bulb planting depth and drop the bulb into the hole, making sure that it is facing the right way up. Cover the bulb with soil and gently firm the earth around the bulbs to fill any pockets of air. Avoid treading the ground afterwards as this may damage the bulb growing tips as the soil settles.     

 

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