How to plant native bulbs

Establishing native wild flower bulbs

Autumn planted bulbsWith regard to bluebells, wild daffodils, snakeshead fritillary and Wild garlic. Plant them about 2 to 2.5 times the size of the bulb under the ground. A minimum depth should be 2 to 3 inchesPlant Star of Bethlehem about 2 inches deep and Wild Tulips about 4 inches deep.  Crocuses should be planted about 2/3 inches deep

 

Wood anemone should be treated differently. Ideally they should be soaked in water for a couple for hours before planting. They should be then planted horizontally at about 1 to 2 inches depth and covered in soil or leaf mould.

 

To create a random effect lightly throw the bulbs over the area you want to put them in. Then plant them where they have landed.

 

On receipt of your bulbs they should be planted as quickly as possible. If this is not possible they can be kept by wrapping them in damp newspaper.( wood anemones in particular are susceptible if left to long or they dry out)   This can only be done for a few days.  Please try to keep planting areas moist.

 

Spring planting in the greenThis means they are dug up soon after flowering and need replanting as soon as possible. They are supplied in this way because they establish better than as ordinary bulbs.

They should be planted at the depth they were dug up from. You should be able to see this on the side of the shoot. If this is not clear then plant them about 2 to 2.5 times the size of the bulb under the ground. A minimum depth should be 5 cm

 

The snowdrops will benefit from being soaked in water for about 2 hours before planting. (the bulb part only)

 

On receipt of your bulbs they should be planted immediately, if this causes inconvenience they can be kept by wrapping them in damp newspaper. This can only be done for a few days.  Please try to keep planting areas moist.

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