5 Top Tips for Successful Bulb Planting this Autumn

27th August 2009

Posted by: Katie

Spending an afternoon walking the fields and watching thousands of bulbs being lifted, dried and graded on the farm is quite an insight into this great Cornish industry. But how should you go about planning and planting your own spring garden?

Here are Fentongollan's top tips for successful bulb planting this Autumn

1/ The best time for planting is between September and November, plant in free draining soil to a depth that is twice the height of the bulbs and at least 5-6 inches apart.

2/ It is always best to check the flowering times and heights. Shorter stemmed varieties are best for exposed locations and by inter planting different varieties you can often extend the period of flowering by up to three or four months.

3/ If you are planting in containers or window boxes make sure there is a hole in the bottom and add bits of broken pottery or stones to assist free drainage and air circulation. It is best to use a peat compost or a potting soil and coarse sand mix. In containers they can be planted much closer together and a good trick is to layer the bulbs with the latest bloom time at the bottom encouraging multiple flowering. Protect from frosts by covering or place in shelter during freezing periods.

4/ For annual flowering allow the leaves to die back naturally before cutting them off and although not essential, it can be beneficial to add some potash rich fertiliser after flowering.

5/ Bulbs are incredibly versatile, they are best planted in sunny location and will bring colour to grass verges, lawn edges, hedgerows and other forgotten corners.

Remember, bulbs will appear year after year and require little maintenance making them one of the most rewarding garden investments you can make.

Now is a great time begin planting your bulbs ! and if you are not too sure which varieties will suit your garden come and visit us at the farm. Fentongollan's bulb shop is now open, follow the signs from the A390 at Tresillian near Truro.

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