Planting bulbs requires some careful planning. Spring-flowering bulbs are a fantastic way to brighten up the garden after the cold winter. Here are some popular questions and answers that I get asked about them, to help you when planting.
2. How do I plant them?
Loosen the soil and dig a hole with a trowel. The hole needs to be around three times as deep as the depth of the bulb. Place it in the hole by pushing and twisting bulb downwards (make sure it’s the right way up!) and then fill the hole with previously removed soil. Add some bulb fibre or fresh compost to create some fertile soil for the roots.
3. How do I know which way to plant them?
Flower bulbs should have a pointy tip, this pointy bit needs to face upwards. If it’s not obvious which way to plant, then plant it sideways as the stems will find their way to the surface.
4. How far apart should they be planted?
Plant bulbs three times the diameter apart, and three times the height deep. For example, a 5cm in diameter bulb should be planted 15cm away from the next one.
8. Should I feed my them?
Feed bulbs every seven-ten days with a fertiliser that is high in potassium. This helps promote good flowering for next year. Start feeding as soon as the shoots appear, and then stop once the foliage dies down at the end of the season.