How to plant flower bulbs?

Planting spring flowering bulbs

It's a fact of life: to enjoy the glorious bulb flowers that bloom in spring - such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and others - you must plant them in the autumn. That's the hard fact. The fun fact is that nothing is easier to grow or more colourfully rewarding than flower bulbs. Even the most unskilled gardener can create a breathtaking and beautiful spring garden with flower bulbs. Spring-flowering bulbs must be planted in the autumn because they require a sustained "dormant" period of cold temperatures to stimulate root development. The only rule is that, spring-flowering flower bulbs must be planted before the first hard frost. It's best to plant flower bulbs as soon as possible after bringing them home. If you must store them, keep them dry and cool - between 10 and 15 degrees (°C).

Tempting Choices

In addition to tulips and daffodils, you'll also want to plant other exotic Dutch flower bulbs, such as spring-flowering Scilla, Puschkinia, Muscari, Fritillaria, Allium, Camassia, and Eremurus. Spring-flowering flwoer bulbs offer a wide variety of colours, heights and flowering periods. Let your imagination run wild. Easy-to-grow bulbs allow you to concentrate on garden design. All you really need to learn about planning your garden is written on the package, or available from your bulb supplier. What you need to know is: the colour of the flower, which months it will bloom, how high it will grow, what month to plant, and how deep to plant.

Here are some professional planting tips

Most spring-flowering Dutch flower bulbs will thrive in either full or partial sun, but do just fine in almost any location that offers good drainage. Flower bulbs will rot in standing water so avoid areas prone to flooding, such as the bottom of hills or under drainpipes.

After choosing the site:

It's as easy as 1-2-3. By following these simple guidelines, your colourful garden is sure to turn the neighbours green with envy. Basically it all boils down to: buy those flower bulbs, put them in the ground and dream all winter of the glorious spring that awaits you.

Planting bulbs, step 1

Dig a hole in which to plant them or, you might want to make individual holes to plant individual bulbs or small clusters of bulbs.

Planting bulbs, step 2

Remove weeds and small stones from the vicinity of the hole. Put the bulbs gently into the hole with their 'noses' pointed upward. Arrange large bulbs 7 to 20 cm apart and small bulbs 3 to 7 cm apart.

Planting bulbs, step 3

Cover the bulbs with soil and, if the soil is dry, provide some water.