Planting bulbs – a step-by-step guide
Our range of garden flower bulbs is inspired by the organic Cutting Garden on our farm.
The selection includes our favourite varieties of narcissi, tulips, hyacinths, muscari, snowdrops, amaryllis and fritillaries, offering a choice of stunning flower sizes, shapes, colours and fragrances.
Garden bulbs last longer than cut flowers and because you can replant and grow again, they are both sustainable and good value for money.
Plant now in pots to bring a touch of nature into your home through winter, or in the garden for stunning displays in spring.
Our step-by-step guide to planting bulbs in pots
CHOOSE A CONTAINER
Find a trug, pot or basket that has a nice deep base to ensure enough space for the bulbs. If you’re using a basket, gently place a waterproof lining along the inside to prevent leaking onto your table or surface.
CREATE A BASE
Scatter a layer of gravel in the base of your container for drainage. This will act as a reservoir and prevent your bulbs from getting waterlogged.
SELECT your BULBS
With such an incredible array available, you might like to create a mixed arrangement to enjoy a variety of colours and shapes. We like to combine narcissi, hyacinths, tulips, snowdrops and crocuses. Sticking to a single variety also creates a stunning effect.
Either way, place your chosen bulbs on the bed of gravel and consult the growing instructions on the packet to see how many you can fit in your container without overcrowding.
Place a generous amount of general purpose compost around the bulbs, gently pressing around each bulb to ensure they are secure.
Browse the garden section of our online shop for bulbs as well as gardening tools, seeds and equipment chosen by our Market Garden team.