Planting spring bulbs – some favourite options
Add mulch to your flower beds, deadhead flowers, plant or prune roses and sharpen those gardening tools and together with preparing for winter generally, now is the time to look ahead.
Early winter is the time to plant spring bulbs . Here are a few tried and true favourites that will see your garden burst into colour come spring.
One tip when planting spring bulbs in a warmer temperate climate is to chill the bulbs in the refrigerator for a few weeks before planting. However, they should also stay dry, so storing them in the fridge in a paper bag is an option.
Of the bulbs here, Tulips, Hyacinth, Daffodil and Crocus should all be pre-chilled. Essentially, chilling the the bulbs recreates a dormant winter stage that reflects the bulb's natural climate.
Plant your bulbs in readily draining rich, organic soil and when planting in a particularly damp area consider planting into a slight mound. This is a precaution against bulb rot.
Crocus like sun or full shade, or dappled sunlight, so they grow well under trees. Plant Crocus bulbs 8cm deep and 10 cm apart, with the bulb turned upwards.