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Fritilaria imperialis

I have bought these bulbs for the first time and I can't tell which way up they should be planted, stupid I know but they appear to have shoots top and bottom.  One lot of shoots appear to have little bumps on them.  There is no obvious base.  Any help would be much appreciated.  I don't want to plant them upside down. Thank you 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,132

    I was always advised to plant them on their side because they have a hollow at the top and if that gets filled with water during heavy rain or watering the bulb will rot.    Planting on the sides means gravity will tell your bulbs which way to send roots and shoots.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062

    They are quite a large bulb ; plant them exactly sideways (!) ; this helps to prevent rotting of the crown . Mix some sharp sand or grit in the soil if possible image .

  • Thank you all for your good advice which I fully intend to take.  Thank goodness for the helpful Forum.

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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892

    You need to plant them deep as well, six inches.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thank you Lyn.  I'll be planting them today.

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