Bulb Planting this Autumn

Bulb planting can be a tedious job, but it definitely it pays off come springtime when the garden is bathed in beautiful clusters of colour.


As mentioned in our Autumn Gardening Jobs feature, Autumn is the perfect time of year to plant bulbs, giving them plenty of time throughout the winter to flower ready for spring. Spring flowering bulbs include, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and tulips. It can also be the time to plant summer flowering bulbs including lilies, alliums and crocosmia.


  • Plant in groups when planting in the borders, purely because clusters of bulbs look attractive and colourful for springtime gardens.
  • Plant bulbs 2-3 times their depth.
  • Plant bulbs with their nose or shoot facing upwards and space them two bulb widths apart.
  • Place back the soil and firm with the back of a rake.
  • Water immediately, unless the ground is already moist.
  • Feed bulbs every 7-10 days with high potassium feed.
  • Watch out for pests like slugs, snails or squirrels!
  • If planting in a container, use multi purpose compost and grit. Plant the bulbs at three times their depth and one bulb width apart from each other.
  • If you have discovered some older forgotten bulbs in the back of the shed it is still worth a go at planting them – just remember not to plant any rotten or dead bulbs but still give the old ones a try.


Anyone can give bulb planting a go, but admittedly it can be long tedious work if you are looking to produce a beautiful and abundant display of spring flowers. Woodham’s planting management schemes or garden design services are perfect if you want to create a stunning show of spring bulbs or make your garden beautiful for next spring– contact us today to discuss a planting management scheme for your garden to look colourful and attractive for Spring 2019.


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