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