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Now is the time to plant your spring bulbs

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Autumn is the time to fill your garden with a crescendo of colour in time for spring!
Daffodils, tulips, crocus, hyacinth -  just some of the many spring bulbs you can plant during autumn for a bold bonanza of colour that'll brighten your garden up after a long, dark winter.

Keep reading to find out some of our top tips to get your bulbs in bloom, once spring arrives.

While early spring bulbs can be planted from September onwards, November is the time to plant out tulip bulbs.

Check and check again
Always check your bulbs for any sign of disease, if in doubt, don't plant them out. Planting diseased bulbs means you run the risk of spreading diseases to your other plants. 

Take a look at your soil
It's always worth checking your soil as this is where everything starts. Good soil means good growth. If you're planting bulbs in pots, use good quality compost. We recommend Melcourt Sylvagrow Multipurpose Growing Medium as it is peat-free and contains sufficient nutrients for the first 4-6 weeks of growth.

Mix it up
Try dropping your bulbs and allowing them to scatter, then plant wherever they land. Planting like this means they'll look more natural once in bloom. However, if you like your bulbs organised and uniform, this is okay too - plant in whatever way works for your layout. Scatter the bulbs between a sunny and a semi-shaded spot. Tulips, however, prefer a sunny area. 

Plant your bulbs at least four inches deep and around 5 inches apart. Need a hand? We love the Bulldog 6" Planting Dibber, it's a great addition to your gardening tool-box.

Layering your bulbs
The lasagne planting method is a great way to add extra substance to your plant pots. To achieve this you will need to organise your bulbs into 3 sections. Ensure the pot has ample drainage holes so that water won't pool at the bottom, drainage holes will help to protect your bulbs from fungus and bacteria.

First start with a layer of gravel, this aids with drainage, next add a relatively deep layer of soil. The first bulbs you plant will be those that are the tallest and will flower last, such as tulips.

Add another thick layer of soil over your tulip bulbs until they are covered, then add your middle layer of bulbs, such as hyacinths. Repeat the method of adding a generous layer of soil over the top. 

Your final layer of bulbs will be those that flower first and are the shortest, such as crocus. Add your final layer of soil until the bulbs are adequately covered and top with a thin layer of mulch or gravel and give them a good watering. 

When planting spring bulbs at three different levels within your pot, you want the last flowering bulb planted at the deepest level, while the first flowering bulb planted at the top level.

Get potting
If you're planting in pots or containers, make sure your pot is the right size for the bulbs based on the above planting advice. Be sure to select a pot with an adequate drainage hole. We stock a wide range of pots to suit every style and budget.

Rodents beware

Many gardeners will understand the frustration of spending your precious time, mindfully planting only to later discover a squirrel has redesigned your garden for you, thanks, but no thanks... Use chicken wire to cover your bulbs after planting. If this doesn't work, try sprinkling cayenne pepper or chilli flakes on top of and around the soil as a deterrent.

All that's left now is to get your wellies on and to get out in the garden, happy planting!

Industry Insiders: Arundel Castle Gardens

we had the opportunity to explore the incredible gardens and talk to Martin Duncan, head gardener at Arundel Castle. Take a break and read about the preparation that goes on during autumn in time for the tulip bonanza in spring!

Spring bulb essentials 

Terracotta Bulb Plant Pots

Manufactured in tough and hardwearing plastic and predrilled with drainage holes, ideal for planting bulbs and shallow rooted plants.


Melcourt Sylvagrow Multipurpose

Melcourt Sylvagrow Multipurpose is a unique blend of fine bark, wood fibre and coir. plus sterilised loam and sand. Does not contain peat or green waste compost.

Bulldog Planting Dibber

The sharp point on this tool is perfect for bulb planting or seed drilling and for making out and planting seedlings and plugs. 


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