Bulb Planting

Autumn is the perfect time to get busy planting bulbs, in preparation for creating colour and unexpected interest in the Spring months. Whether creating border height with alliums, a carpet of crocus flowers and daffodils in your lawn, or a riot of tulip colour in your pots, Fillpots have a wide selection of bulbs to suit all gardens.

The planting time for bulbs varies broadly, according to their flowering time. Spring-flowering bulbs should be planted from early Autumn. This gives them time to produce new roots, before the onset of Winter. Tulips can be planted in late Autumn or even early Winter, without any adverse affects. Summer-flowering bulbs, such as dahlia and gladioli and Autumn-flowering bulbs, such as colchicums, are best planted from late Spring onwards.

How to Guide

  • To make them more perennial, bulbs should be planted deeply, at least twice the depth of the bulb. 
  • All bulbs should be planted with the 'nose' (the point where the shoot emerges) at the top and the 'basal plate' (where the roots are produced) at the bottom. The only exception being crown imperials (Fritillaria imperialis), which are hollow and should be planted on their sides, to prevent rotting.
  • To achieve natural planting (such as in a lawn), scatter the bulbs and plant them exactly where they land.
  • Use a bulb dibber for smaller bulbs (which, when pushed in, will form a hole for the bulb to be dropped into), or a bulb planter, for larger bulbs (which will remove more soil).
  • For larger swathes of bulbs,  use a spade to dig out a planting block to the correct depth, position the bulbs and then replace the excavated soil.
  • On heavy soils, sit the bulbs on a layer of sharp grit, to aid drainage and help prevent rotting. On poor soil, it’s worth giving almost all spring-flowering bulbs potash feed, in early spring. 
  • If you have had problems with rodents, such as mice and squirrels, digging up and eating your bulbs in the past, try covering the planting area with a layer of chicken wire, buried just below the surface.
  • Bulbs should be planted in pots at the same depth as bulbs grown in the ground. Use good quality multi-purpose compost and top-dress the pot with a generous layer of grit. Cover with compost and firm well.

Fillpots sell all the tools, bulbs and feed that you need, to ensure your bulb planting will be a great success. If you have any questions, please come in and chat to a member of our team, we can advise which bulbs will work best for your garden. 

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