Planting flower bulbs
Because the flower is already tucked away inside the bulb, you don’t need green fingers to plant them. All it takes is five steps to guarantee success! Before you know it, you’ll be down on your knees admiring the first green leaf tips emerging from the soil. And that’s just the start of delightful things to come.
Why plant flower bulbs?
Dry flower bulbs, corms and tubers are sold in packages that often display a picture of the flower. This is because just looking at a flower bulb gives you no idea of what they have in store for later. But looks can be deceiving. Once planted and having taken advantage of the soil and some water, flower bulbs reveal their true nature as the jewels of the garden. Those dry flower bulbs will have transformed into magnificent flowers that make a garden sparkle.
Where should flower bulbs be planted?
Flower bulbs love a sunny spot in the garden. A spot in partial shade is also fine but they will then flower a little later. Flower bulbs can be planted in any type of soil except extremely soggy soil. This is because flower bulbs will suffocate and rot in soggy soil. Flower bulbs will also grow well in pots or containers. Before planting them, however, be sure that the pot has holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain away.
When should flower bulbs be planted?
Flower bulbs should be planted from mid-September to mid-December. But what is actually the best time during these three months? This can be done once the temperature drops to below 10 degrees Celsius. When this happens, go ahead and start planting as many as you want. Just be sure to do this before freezing weather sets in; flower bulbs have to be planted before the soil freezes.
How should flower bulbs be planted?
Planting flower bulbs is not difficult: five steps are all it takes.
- Step 1
Dig a hole for a group of flower bulbs or make individual holes for planting single flower bulbs or smaller groups. The size of the flower bulb determines how deep it should be planted. Large flower bulbs (5 cm or larger in diameter) should be planted 15 cm deep and small flower bulbs (2.5 – 5 cm) 7 to 10 cm deep.
- Step 2
Remove weeds and small stones and then work some garden mould into the soil to improve drainage.
- Step 3
Press the flower bulbs gently into the soil with the point on top. Be careful not to press down too hard on the flower bulb, because this could damage it. Large flower bulbs should be planted 7 to 20 centimetres apart and small bulbs 3 to 7 cm apart.
- Step 4
Cover the flower bulbs with the soil dug from the hole.
- Step 5
If the soil is dry, give the bulbs some water.