Many spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, require chilling in the autumn to help stimulate their flower growth the following spring. To ensure blooming, place the bulbs in a brown paper bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator for approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to planting out in the garden. They should be planted out in late autumn.
General tips on bulb planting and care
* Select a well-drained position prepared with plenty of organic compost.
* Apply an application of Richgro Complete Plant Food to the soil before planting.
* Dig a hole for each bulb to a depth twice to three times the length of the bulb, for daffodils it’s about 8cm. (A general rule only)
* Place bulb in hole with the growth point facing upwards and backfill each hole with soil, insert a marker for position of bulb
* Apply an application of slow release fertilizer at planting.
* After the flower buds have appeared, regularly feed with Bloom Booster or Miracle Gro Flowers & Bloom Food.
* In pots, use a bulb planting mix and feed fortnightly with a liquid organic fertilizer once the flower buds appear.
* If intending to lift the bulbs, do so soon after foliage has died down. This allows nutrients to return to the bulb for future use.
The above is a general recommendation only, not all bulbs require the same treatment. Each variety needs to be understood for its characteristics and what it likes best.
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