Trou­bleshoot­ing guide

Hav­ing trou­ble with bulbs? Here’s my list of dos and don’ts:

Gardeners' World - - Spring Bulbs -


Plant bulbs two to three times their own depth and around two widths apart. Try to plant the right way up. If un­sure, plant bulbs on their side and they will find their own way. Avoid leav­ing air gaps around the bulbs when plant­ing and firm in gen­tly. Give the bulbs a good wa­ter­ing in. Pro­tect against slugs, snails and squir­rels (try chicken wire), which eat tulips and cro­cuses. Choose the right bulbs for the right place.


Ne­glect pot­ted bulbs – they need more care than those planted into the soil. For­get to la­bel – it will save dam­age to bulbs when dig­ging around them after they’ve died down. Leave dead­heads – they waste the plants’ en­ergy on seed pro­duc­tion. Cut back fo­liage un­til at least six weeks after flow­er­ing – you will see it turn­ing yel­low. Put off plant­ing (tulips can wait un­til Novem­ber) – get bulbs in the ground be­fore frost pen­e­trates.

Wa­ter your bulbs thor­oughly after plant­ing to start them into growth

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