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Planting daffodils and tulips

Posted September 8th 2017 in Topical Tips 0 Comments
Planting daffodils and tulips

Get your spring flower display underway in September.  Now is an ideal time to start choosing daffodils, narcissus, tulips and other bulbs.  They are ready to plant now and an impressive selection is available in store now.

Growing daffodils and tulips couldn't be easier.  The flower is already set in the bulb, so all you need to do is plant, water and wait!

Follow these tips to get the best from your bulbs -

Plant in mid to late autumn, while there is still warmth in the soil.  This will allow the bulb to start rooting. Use a bulb planter to help with this.  Sprinkling Bonemeal when planting may help increase and maintain bulb size.

As a general rule, plant bulbs at a depth at least two or three times their height and at least twice their width apart.  Deeper planting seems to increase the chances of re-flowering in subsequent years, a lack of depth is commonly attributed to bulbs being 'blind' (all leaves and no flowers).

Plant direct into the garden in a prepared area, or in pots so you can move them around to get the best out of them.

Bulbs will need regular watering when they are actively growing, and daily as flower buds appear.  This will help increase the flower size.  Feeding with Tomorite at this stage will help strengthen the plants.

Remember to deadhead any old flowers to encourage new growth in spring.  Bulbs do not need to be moved once they have finished, just cut them down and wait for next years show.  Most will 'naturalise' in the garden, although they can be moved to a new area or tub if required, without ill effect.

Come and see the impressive display in store.  Plant now for glorious spring colour.

Enjoy the garden!

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