Fri, 17 Mar 2017
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It’s bulb planting time, so get busy preparing your garden beds and pots for a spring show. In warm areas it can be a good idea to keep bulbs refrigerated for a few weeks before planting.
Make sure you plant bulbs fairly deeply. For planting depths, follow the instructions on the bulb pack. No pack in sight? A general rule of thumb is to plant bulbs at the depth of twice their width. Mass planting of bulbs is most visually pleasing. Watch for slugs and snails once the leaves start emerging!
How to plant bulbs in a pot: Importantly, start with a good quality, well draining soil, enriched with lots of compost. Bulbs love a nutrient rich soil. Follow our diagram but also visualise how your pot will look after it blooms. Here’s a tip to get a nice arrangement of sizes without the tulips blocking the wee crocuses etc. Place a piece of tape on the “front” of your pot. Add a layer of soil and plant your bulbs that grow the lowest around the back rim of your pot. These are usually your tall tulips. Next, apply another layer of soil and plant a full amount (6-8) bulbs in the centre of the pot. For example these would be daffodils. Apply another layer of soil and then add bulbs to the outer front rim of the pot. These would be your lowest blooming bulbs, like crocus or miniature daffodils. Then let it be and pat yourself on the back come spring!