Sow March-May in broad drills liberally, but not too thickly, into finely raked firmed soil at a depth of 13mm (½") in rows 30cm (12") apart. Germination 18-24 days. No thinning is necessary. Bulbs will get quite large if allowed to mature. May be sown August-September for spring cropping under cloches. Grows best in well prepared soil manured the previous autumn. Water freely during periods of dry weather. Sowing to Cropping: 12-14 weeks.