Spring Flowering Bulbs
Spring flowering bulbs aren’t just a gap-filler while you’re waiting for your perennial plants to come through! Many gardeners plan well in advance for this time of year and look forward to the day that their gardens begin to erupt with colour.
Best Time To Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
Spring flowering bulbs are normally delivered from mid-September until the end of November, meaning you have a window of several months to plant your bulbs before you start to see the first signs of frost.
Generally, spring-flowering bulbs are well suited to a sunny patch in rich, well-draining soil. Bulbs are very simple to plant, but acquiring some handy garden hand tools such as a bulb planter will make the process even easier.
Depending on the variety, most bulbs can be planted at a depth of three times their height, and although it’s recommended to plant each bulb a certain distance from the next, you can simply throw them onto the soil and plant them where they land for a more naturalised look.
Most bulbs are ideal for naturalising, simply choose a spot where the bulbs will remain undisturbed - in a shady corner, or at the base of a deciduous tree and shrubs is ideal - and they will quickly multiply to create a carpet of plants that will delight you with a spectacular flower display year after year.
Grow Spring Bulbs For Cut Flowers
Fresh cut flowers can bring instant joy and colour to the home. However, shop-bought flowers (particularly from supermarkets) have likely been on a long journey before you even take them home and put them in a vase. Harvesting flowers from your own garden means a much longer vase life - and you’ll save yourself some money.
When growing cut flowers, the process of planting and maintaining the bulbs is the same as growing them for outdoor enjoyment. The secret is to cut the flowers when they only just start to open and do so in the morning, as this is when they are most hydrated. This will give your flowers a fresh appearance and a long life inside your home.
For more information on growing spring-flowering bulbs, take a look at our growing guide.
You may also be interested in Sutton’s wildflower bulbs and pre-planted bulbs.
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