If you want to be known as a gardening pro, why not humblebrag about your secret camellia pruning techniques at your nan’s afternoon tea party? But only after you follow these steps.
There's no point putting the work in and getting very little for your efforts, so follow this guide to getting the best from your bulbs.
Bulbs are fantastic for gardeners and whether you have a tiny balcony or a huge garden, there’s always space for a few daffodils, crocus or gladioli. Luckily, bulbs are very easy to care for and for the most part, you can pop bulbs into the ground and then never have to worry about them again. However, there are a few tips that can help maximise the flowers.
If you want a stunning display, then between 25 and 50 bulbs are recommended, ensuring that you get an explosion of colour that can’t be missed.
It takes 30 minutes for a small flower bed including soil preparation.
Plant your bulbs in autumn for spring display of colour or in late spring onwards for summer- and autumn-flowering bulbs. Planting too late may result in no flowers for the first year.
In general, you should plant bulbs at a depth of three times the height of a bulb and about two bulb’s width apart. However, if you’re planting up a container, then you can plant at only one bulb width apart.
Place bulbs with the growing tip towards the surface and cover with soil, taking care not to trample the ground and crush bulbs below.
Caring for your bulbs
Many bulbs can be left in the ground throughout the year and will actually thrive because of this. However, they do need well-drained soil to prevent rotting in extremely wet weather.
Some can benefit from being lifted occasionally. Tulips are a prime example of this and these bulbs need to be removed from the soil after flowers fade. Clean soil from bulbs and dry in a well-ventilated room before storing in paper bags in a dark environment.
After flowering, most bulbs look a little untidy and you’ll probably be keen to chop off the leaves and neaten them up. Try and avoid this for as long as possible as leaves need to be left in place so that they can gather energy for the following year.
Lift bulbs every few years to avoid overcrowding and replant as necessary.