Planting tips summer flowering bulbs

Dahlia Crocosmia (Montbretia)
Gladiolus Freesia
Begonia Iris Hollandica (Dutch Iris)
Lily Ixia
Amaryllis Sparaxis
Zantedeschia (Calla Lily) Tigridia Pavonia (Tigerlily)
Ranunculus (Buttercup) Nerine Bowdenii
Anemone Convallaria Majalis (Lily of the Valley)


Dahlias will grow in any well drained soil in a sunny position, provided it is not too dry. We recommend that dahlias are planted as soon as possible after delivery at a depth of 10cm, spaced  30-40cm apart.  Dahlias do not tolerate frost, therefore, plant after the risk of frost has passed . If you have to keep the dahlia above ground, make sure they do not dry out and / or freeze.



Gladiolus performs best in well drained, rich soil. The planting depth should be about 10cm and spaced 15cm apart.  Gladioli are not frost resistant, so plant after the risk of frost has passed.   Gladioli love a sunny position in the garden and remember the length of the plants make them ideal to plant at the back of your garden beds.  Gladioli also make fabulous cut flowers.



The right time to plant begonias is when the risk of night frost has passed. They should be planted with the hollow side up and with the roots downwards. The planting depth is only 2 cm, the distance 20 cm between plants. Although they love sun, they tolerate some shade for a few hours a day. Begonias are suitable for beds and  pots, the cascade varieties in particular lend themselves to hanging baskets.



Plant your lilies in well drained loosened soil in a sunny position.  Because of their length they should be protected from the wind, for example against a fence or between trees and shrubs.  Lilies should be planted at a depth of 15cm and spaced approximately 20cm apart.  You can plant lilies in beds and pots.   Lillies also make fabulous cut flowers.



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 positon preferably with as much daylight as possible. Approximately 6 weeks after planting, you can expect flowers.  Amaryllis is great as a cut flower and houseplant.



Zantedeschia thrives best in well drained, moist soil.  Also, in keeping with its South African heritage, it likes a lot of sun.  Plant the bulbs with the “eyes” of the bulb pointed upwards.  A planting depth of 10 cm and, because of the relatively large foliage, a spacing of about 30 cm for zantedeschia is recommended.  This summer flowering bulb can be planted in beds or pots and is also excellent as a cut flower.  Plant as soon as possible after receiving the bulbs.



Ranunculus should be planted with their roots pointing downwards. The bulbs should be planted 10 cm deep, and spaced approximately 15 cm apart. They provide a rich and long flowering period and thrive equally well in garden beds or in a pot. Plant as soon as possible after receiving the bulbs.





Anemones, like most smaller bulbs, can be planted at a depth of 5cm. The spacing should be around 10 cm, as anemones have relatively large leaves.  Anemones like lots of sun.  The ideal planting time is in the month of March.



Cannas rhizomes should be planted after mid-May when the risk of frost has passed. When planting, use a spacing of about 30cm, and a depth of 10cm.. Cannas are very tolerant to the type of soil, but prefer sunny and sheltered areas in moist soil. Plant after the risk of frost has passed.



Crocosmia is best planted in fertile soil in a sheltered spot.  They love sun, though can endure several hours of shade per day.  When planting, keep a depth of 5 cm and a planting distance of 10 cm. The bulbs should be planted immediately after the winter.



Freesia can be planted by simply spreading them in a hole of around 8 cm depth spaced 10cm apart. Freesias prefer a sunny position.  Plant your freesias as soon as possible after receipt.



Dutch iris should be planted at a depth of 8cm, spaced 8cm apart with the roots pointing downwards.  They prefer full sun and should be planted after the risk of frost has passed.



Ixia should be planted in a sunny position in beds or pots at a depth of 8cm spaced 10cm apart.  This summer flowering bulb is also very popular as a cut flower. Plant as soon as possible after you receive the bulbs.



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.    Plant as soon as possible after you receive the bulbs.



Tiger lillies are not resistant to frost, so plant when the risk of frost has passed. Choose a sunny spot in the garden and plant the bulbs in a hole of 8-10 cm spaced about 10 cm apart.



Nerine Bowdenii you can plant in the spring, after the risk of frost has disappeared.  The ideal planting depth is 10cm, the spacing about 15cm.  Nerine is suitable for planting in beds and pots. They are also suitable as cut flowers.



Lily of the Valley is one of the few summer bloomers that thrive in shade, under trees and shrubs, and grow in all types of soil.  Plant the rhizomes of Convallaria at a depth of 2cm spaced 5cm apart, and as soon as possible after you receive the bulbs.


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