when do I need to plant bulbs for spring flowers?
Bulbs for spring flowers should be planted in late summer/autumn. If you already have bulbs in the shed then plant them immediately. They may give a poor show this year and a better one next. Do not go out and buy spring flowering bulbs now, you will be wasting your money.
4 Jan, 2011
when the weather is better go to your gc and buy them in bud and then you can plant them where you want them.
Welcome to Goy Shilindi. Advice given above is sound. We too live in the uk and I still have bulbs to plant. Daffodils which should have gone in by September/October and Tulips which you plant later up till the end of November to prevent them starting to grow too early in the season. The top growth can be spoiled by the wet and cold conditions. Our garden ground is still frozen so I will put them in big pots of compost which I have left over from growing my potatoes. I'll let them die back in the pots and then plant them in the garden at the proper season later in the year. Bulbs being sold off in the shops now will almost certainly be soft and well past their sell by date.
5 Jan, 2011
Daffodils need to be in reasonably early as they form their roots in Autumn and if they miss that then they do not thrive. As said bulbs sold still are probably dead, except that you can still get Crocus in good condition. You just need to be very careful and only buy firm bulbs with no signs of mould. Got 60 Crocus Cream Beauty (£1) yesterday, all look in good nick and are going into pots in about 10 minutes time.
that was a bargain owdboggy. they are a gorgeous crocus.
I love crocus but first the rabbits ate them and having successfully excluded them I think the pheasants then had a go at them. I thought we had lost them but last year they popped up and flowered. They are in the lawn along with some chionadoxa which also went AWOL.
Reason why we buy new Crocus corms every year, the mice eat them. The only ones which seem to spread are C. thommasinianus and in many gardens they can become serious weeds. Not here, the mice keep them under control.
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