Autumn is just around the corner so instead of watching your summer colour wilt, start preparing for next years Spring growth. Planting Spring flowering bulbs can be easy and rewarding if you get started early, so here are our tips to making sure you have a show stopping bloom next Spring:
Choose your pot – Make sure to add some broken pottery or stones to the bottom to support drainage. A good bulb fibre will encourage roots to establish and provide vigorous growth.
Choose your bulbs – Think about colour and timing of your flowers. Contrasting and complementary colours can create a dramatic effect, or plant a bulb that blooms in March (hyacinths, narcissus) with another in April (tulips, bluebells) to prolong the length of your display.
Plant your bulbs – Bulbs have a definite top and bottom, so if you’re unsure which is which, place your bulb on its side and it should right itself correctly. The general rule is to plant your bulb 2.5 times its own depth meaning large bulbs will be planted deeper than smaller bulbs. This can be useful in creating layers of bulbs that will flower to give you a full and luscious pot.
Add something for Winter – Additional plants can soften the pot and provide interest until Spring, think winter flowering violas or cyclamen. Once these flowers have died back your new bulbs will be able to easily reach the surface. If your pot is still looking a bit bare, rake out some moss from your lawn to cover up any soil and give you a pot to be proud of!