How to plant bulbs for Spring

Ensure a spring garden full of colour by planning ahead and planting spring bulbs before winter is here. There are many flowers to choose from to brighten a bleak winter garden as spring arrives! Read our blog to find out how to plant bulbs for Spring.

Where should I plant bulbs?

You can buy your bulbs from a range of retailers from garden centres, online and even DIY stores. There is a range to choose from so pick your favourite colours and a range of bloom times accordingly! View the different types below.

Bulbs can be planted in  borders to fill gaps and add colour while your perennials are still dormant. Try mixing varieties together for a full rainbow display!

You can also create colour on your patio by planting spring bulbs in pots, choose a container to compliment your flowers and ensure the pot has holes for drainage over winter.

How to plant Spring bulbs?

Bulbs are very easy to get started. Find a sunny spot and simply plant your bulbs with its top facing upwards in a well-drained soil. As a general rule, plant bulbs two to three times their own depth and around two bulb widths apart.

Replace the soil after planting, pat the area down gently, add a little water if required and wait!

You might find your bulbs don’t perform as expected in their first year, if they’re a perennial bulb they should improve in subsequent years. Try adding a fertiliser to the soil to encourage growth, you can use a Bokashi Composter to make a liquid feed out of your kitchen scraps for free!

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Snowdrops

Plant September to November for flowers January to March

Plant depth: 10cm or three times their depth

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Daffodils

Plant by end of September for flowers January to March

Plant depth: 15cm or three times their depth

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Aliums

Plant September to November for flowers April to June (dependent on type)

Plant depth: 30cm or three times their depth

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Crocus

Plant by September for flowers January to March

Plant depth: 10cm or three times their depth

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Hyacinth

Plant September to November for flowers January to March

Plant depth: 10cm or twice their depth

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Tulips

Plant November for flowers late March to April

Plant depth: 20cm or three times their depth

For more advise on planting visit the RHS website.