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Bulbs & Bare Rooted Plants - Planting Guide Spring

Begonias

Plant out after all threat of frost has passed. Plant 3cm deep, 15cm apart in well-drained soil in dappled shade. Ensure adequate moisture, but do not over water. Use slow-release fertiliser and spray with fungicide for powdery mildew if required. Deadhead regularly. Tubers can be lifted when plants start to die down. Begonias do not multiply but get bigger every year.

Dahlias

Plant from late August to late October or after all threat of frost has passed. Plant 5-6cm deep, 50cm apart in well-drained soil in full sun. Fertilise well with blood and bone and again with liquid fertiliser when flowering and spray with fungicide for powdery mildew if required. Larger varieties may need staking. Deadhead regularly. Dahlias do not need to be lifted every year, but can be lifted June/July and stored in a cool, dry, frost free place in sawdust to prevent shrivelling up.

Gladioli

Plant from August to December. Plant 8-10cm deep and 15cm apart in a sheltered position with full sun and good drainage. Gladioli will flower approximately 100 days after planting so can be stagger-planted for a continuous display. Plant in groups for best effect. Water adequately and use minimal fertiliser (avoid animal manure). Spray for thrips if required . Tall varieties may need staking. Lift corms in autumn to avoid rot. Do not wait for leaves to die back. Dry corms in hot water cupboard and then store in a cool dry place for next year. Dust with insecticide to prevent infestation.

Hemerocallis Day Lilies - Bare rooted

Plant August to October into a well-drained, sunny area. Dig a hole larger than the roots and make a mound in the bottom to spread the roots over. Cover with soil so that the crown is higher than surrounding soil. Water well and mulch. Fertilise with a well-balanced general fertiliser. Protect from slugs and snails and spray for thrips when required. Deadhead regularly.

Siberian & Japanese Irises - Bare Rooted

Plant from August to October, 8cm deep in a sunny spot in damp soil--happy in most soils. Plant in groups for best effect. Water and mulch well. Fertilise lightly with general all-purpose fertiliser. Siberian irises will take time to establish and may not flower in the first year.

Calla Lillies

Plant from September onwards. It is important not to plant the bulbs until the soil temperatures reach around 14 degrees. In very cold areas they perform best if planted in pots rather than the cold ground. These Callas make excellent patio/conservatory plants in all areas.

Plant 7-10cm deep, 12 cm apart in free draining soil in semi-shade to full sun. Apply a general garden fertiliser low in nitrogen. FOR BEST RESULTS, lift tubers on die-down and store in a cool, dry area for replanting next season.

These bulbs should flower well this summer but a sudden cold snap during active growth can sometimes shut down their ability to flower. If this happens be assured that they will definitely flower prolifically in the second season.

Galtonia

Plant in spring with the top of the bulb just under the soil surface, about 10-20cm apart. Good drainage is essential. Water regularly spring/summer until after the flowering period. Do not lift bulbs. Keep bulbs dry over winter months until shoots appear again in spring. Can be left undisturbed for up to four years.

Crinums

Plant in spring. Find a location where the soil drains well in full day sun or very light shade. These plants like lots of light and enjoy heat. Dig holes and plant your bulbs with their tips just below the soil surface and 30cm apart. The bulbs are giant, rounded and with pointed tops - plant with the points facing upwards. After planting, water your bulbs well, thoroughly soaking the area. Crinum grow well in pots. Find a large container and fill it with a commercial potting mix that drains well. Crinum lilies will not thrive in waterlogged soils. Place your container where it will get full day sun. Feed with bulb food.