Welcome to my post, How To Plant Spring Bulbs! Flowers such as tulips, daffodils and Allium grow from bulbs planted in Autumn. In fact, right now is the perfect time to plant your bulbs to get a beautiful show come spring. Tulips are my absolute favourite flower and they really brighten up your garden in the spring months before things start to change. Especially true of daffodils that are also bulbs.
Bulbs can be planted in the ground or in pots but I have decided to invest in a few new pots for my new tulip and Allium bulbs this year. This post shows you two lots of bulb planting, a single layer and a double layer. Enjoy!
With both the single and double layer the prep is similar, but as I was doing both, I thought I would post both on here for you step by step. All my pots and pansies were purchased from my local Wyevale and all my bulbs were purchased from Wisley Flower show, you can read about my trip to Wisley here.
Get your stuff. You will need, pots and compost (optional) also some big stones if you are using pots, your bulbs and something to top the pots off if you’re using pots. If you’re planting in a border then I would recommend a bulb trowel or any small trowel. The biggest handy hint in this is to get some gardening gloves, you can do so much more with these on and they do save your hands!
Prep your pots
You want to cover the hole with a few stones to stop the compost leaking out, also helps with drainage, we’ve got a plethora of random stuff in our shed like these old stones and shells so they went in the pot…
Put some compost in
When you buy your bulbs they will likely come with some instructions but as a rule of thumb you want to be 3 times the depth of your bulb. This is a good article on Thompson & Morgan about depths.
Place your bulbs
They should be evenly spaced with the roots facing down.
Add more compost
Add more over the top in readiness for your toppers- I’m using winter pansies and theses should provide some winter cover.
Plant your toppers
Add your pansies and you’re good to go. Just gently break up the roots once they’re out of the packet, place them on top of the compost and then fill in the gaps with more compost. Push them in well and then give them a good drink.
You will use a double layer, or many more layers if your bulbs are different sizes, the bigger they are, the lower they will go, here’s the same process again but using different size bulbs…
Place the larger bulbs in and then cover them over with more compost ready for the smaller bulbs
Put your smaller bulbs in and then cover again ready for your toppers
And there you have it! All done! Keep an eye out on the blog in Spring to see how these bulbs are doing! I will post an update on what they look like!
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’d like to read more – have a look at my other flowers & garden posts!
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