Planting tips spring flowering bulbs
Fritillaria (Crown Imperial)
Muscari (Grape Hyacinths)
Galanthus Nivalis (Snowdrop)
Iris Hollandica (Dutch Iris)
Sparaxis (Harlequin flower)
Tulips are best planted in well drained soil. They love sun, but will tolerate a few hours of shade every day. Tulips look their best when they are planted in groups of 10-20 bulbs per variety. The recommended planting depth is 10 cm, although the botanical tulips can be planted slightly less deep. The correct planting time is from mid-September to late December, however, it is wise to plant the bulbs as soon as possible once you have received them. This prevents problems that might occur in storage, under less than ideal conditions.
Daffodils always prefer a place in the garden where there is at least half a day of sun. It is advisable to plant daffodils at a depth of about 20 cm, however, for dwarf daffodils 15 cm will suffice. The ideal planting time is from mid-September to early November, but as with all spring flowering bulbs it is best to plant immediately, or as soon as possible upon receipt of the bulbs. Daffodils perform well both in the garden and in pots. In particular, the dwarf daffodils are excellent for growing in pots.
Hyacinths are best planted in small groups. Plant them in a place where they get at least a few hours of sun a day. It is recommended the bulbs are planted 15 cm apart, otherwise there is a risk that the plants in their search for light will grow too long and fall over. The planting depth is also 15 cm. Once again plant as soon as possible after the bulbs arrive. Hyacinths are not the easiest to store if you do not have the right facilities. From mid-September to early December is the time to plant your hyacinth bulbs. Please note that skin contact with dry hyacinth bulbs can cause an itching sensation. Spraying the bulbs with some water just before planting (for example with a plant spray) could solve this problem. The itching is not harmful but rather annoying. Rinsing with warm water is usually sufficient to get rid of the itching. Scratching makes it worse!
Crocus like well drained soil. They thrive best among trees and shrubs, but they can also be planted in turf. They look their best when planted in larger quantities. You can plant the bulbs at a depth of approximately 10 cm. Aim for a planting distance of about 8 cm. Crocuses also lend themselves very well for planting in pots; both in specific colours and mixed. Plant from mid-September to late November or, again, as we always recommend as soon as possible after the bulbs arrive.
Allium flowers somewhat later than most spring bloomers. They are best planted in small groups in well drained soil in a sunny spot in the garden. Due to their height, plant at a depth of 20 cm and depending on the variety a minimum of 20-30 cm planting distance is recommended to allow the leaves to flourish. These spring flowering bulbs should be planted in the period from mid-September to late November, but preferably as soon as possible after you receive the bulbs. Alliums also make very suitable cut flowers.
FRITILLARIA (CROWN IMPERIAL)
Fritillaria need rich soil. Because of their height, it is advisable to plant them against a hedge or fence so that they are protected from the wind. Partly because of the height of the plant, the bulbs should be planted at 20 cm depth. Please note that they should be planted with the hollow side pointing upwards! Because of the wide foliage fritillarias should be planted at a distance of 30 cm. Plant your precious bulbs in the period September to December or preferably as soon as possible after you receive your bulbs. Fritillaria bulbs spread a very strong smell, a very effective deterrent in your garden against mice and moles.
Amaryllis should be planted in a pot just under the surface, with the tip of the bulb remaining slightly above the soil. The pot should have a hole in the bottom for drainage. When preparing the pot a layer of gravel or coarse shards under fresh compost should ensure any excess water can drain freely. Amaryllis is not frost hardy, so the pot should be placed in a frost-free, dry position, preferably with as much daylight as possible. Approximately 6 weeks after planting, you can already expect flowers. Amaryllis likes to be kept indoors and is great as a cut flower in a vase or as a houseplant.
OTHER SPRING FLOWERING BULBS
Anemones, like most smaller bulbs, can be planted by spreading at a depth of 5 cm. The spacing should be around 10 cm, as anemones grow relatively large leaves. Anemones like plenty of sun. The ideal planting time is between mid-September and late November, however, as soon as possible after receiving the bulbs is preferred.
Freesias can be planted by simply spreading them in a hole of around 8 cm depth. Try not to plant them too close together, preferably at 10 cm distance. They prefer a place with lots of sun. Plant your freesias as soon as possible after receipt.
MUSCARI (GRAPE HYACINTHS)
Muscari can best be planted at a depth of 10 cm and at a distance of approximately 8 cm. They love sun, but will tolerate partial shade. There is a somewhat longer period between the appearance of the leaves and the flower. Again, our rule of thumb: plant your bulbs as soon as possible after you receive them.
GALANTHUS NIVALIS (SNOWDROP)
Galanthus like moist, well drained soil. They prefer to be in partial shade (not too much in the sun). They are often found under trees, bushes or somewhere in the back of the garden. They should be planted at 10 cm depth, with a spacing of 5 cm. Plant your snowdrops as soon as possible after arrival.
Ranunculus should be planted with their roots pointing downwards. The bulbs should be planted 10 cm deep, and spaced approximately 15 cm apart. They always provide a rich and long flowering period. Plant them as soon as possible after you receive the bulbs.
IRIS HOLLANDICA (DUTCH IRIS)
Dutch iris should be planted at a depth of 8cm, spaced 8cm apart with the roots pointing downwards so they are less susceptible to frost. They prefer full sun. Plant them as soon as possible after you receive the bulbs.
SPARAXIS TRICOLOR (HARLEQUIN FLOWER)
When planting sparaxis, maintain a planting depth of 8 cm and a spacing of 10 cm. The plants need plenty of sun to thrive optimally. Once again, plant as soon as possible after receiving the bulbs.