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Guide to growing bulbs


When to plant bulbs


Depending on the flowering time for your bulbs, this will determine when the best time for planting them is. Spring flowering varieties such as daffodils, crocus, tulips and hyacinths are best planted in autumn, around September-October time is ideal. Summer flowering varieties such as dahlias, nerines, alliums and lilies are best planted in the spring, around March-April.

If you cannot plant your bulbs straight away after receiving them from us, then they can be stored for around two weeks in a cool, dry place before being planted.


Where to plant bulbs

    Anemones in pot

Bulbs are easy going and will happily be planted in containers, borders and beds or naturalised on a lawn. Most bulbs prefer full sun or a partially shaded aspect, however some bulbs such as bluebells and snowdrops and suitable for those shadier areas of the garden.

How to plant bulbs


As a rule, bulbs should be planted at a depth of around 2-3 times the width of the bulb. Ideally, plant them with the pointed growing tip facing upwards, however sometimes this can be difficult to spot. If you can’t find the growing tip, just plant the bulbs on their sides, as the shoots will still find their way upwards towards the sunlight.

Lasagne planting


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A popular method of planting bulbs is a technique called lasagna planting. This involves layering bulbs in pots or containers so that you will have a continual display of flowers throughout the season. All you need to do is simply add a layer of compost to your pot, then follow this with a layer of bulbs and continue this way, using different species with slightly different flowering times, until you fill your pot.


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Another bulb planting method is to have them naturalise on a lawn or in a woodland area. This is a great way of creating natural drifts of colours in a much more informal style, imitating how they would naturally grow in wild areas. To create this natural look, randomly scatter your chosen bulbs and then plant them wherever they land.

How to care for bulbs

Watering and feeding

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Water your bulbs regularly throughout the growing season, making sure the soil feels moist. Pay special attention to bulbs growing in pots as the soil will tend to dry out much faster than the ground.

Apply a general purpose fertiliser in late February to encourage good flowering in the coming season. If you are growing bulbs in containers, apply a tomato feed from early spring and continue to do so on a weekly/week and a half basis until six weeks after flowering.


Watering plants


Wait until the foliage has completely died down before digging up any bulbs that you wish to store. Carefully dig up the bulbs, clean them and trim back the roots. Allow the bulbs 24 hours to dry on a tray before placing them into paper bags or nets and leaving them somewhere cool and dry until they are ready to plant out again.

If you are growing your bulbs on a lawn, there is no need to lift and store the bulbs and they can be left in the ground to bloom again next year.

Don’t forget to use the code BU2020 to get 20% off our entire bulb range in August!


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We promise to exchange the item or return the price you paid for the item in full. This is in addition to your statutory rights.

Hayloft Plants will not agree to refunding the costs of returning the parcel to us.

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