Bulb Planting Guide

Unpack on Arrival

Check order is correct and quality is as expected. Store your bulbs in a cool dry and dark place with good air circulation. Planting should be done as soon as possible after bulbs are delivered.


Soil condition

Soil should not be too wet - it should have good drainage but also good moisture retention as bulbs are not deep rooted. Soil structure can be improved by adding course sand or well-rotted organic material. The ideal pH level is approximately 6.5.

Fertiliser is not essential but a dressing of a high potash and phosphate fertiliser such as bone meal or hoof and bone, applied before planting may be beneficial. 



As a rule of thumb, bulbs should be planted at least two and a half times the height of the bulb and far enough apart so as not to touch each other. Plant your bulbs in small groups of 6-8 bulbs. It is preferable to plant before the onset of frosts so that rooting can take place quickly. After rooting they are quite frost tolerant.

When planting of bulbs has taken place in grass areas, mowing should not take place until after the leaves have died off naturally (about six weeks from planting). Do not tie up or knot the foliage as this cuts off food supply.


Bulb size

The majority of our bulbs will have a bulb size mentioned (i.e. 10/11cm or 12/14cm) this size relates to the circumference of the bulb in question. 


Caution: Bulbs can be toxic and should not be eaten. Some types may cause skin irritation therefore gloves should be worn.